• Total units 24 Units
  • Specialisation code ENVP-SPEC
  • Academic career Postgraduate
Environmental Policy Specialisation

Policy expertise is scarce in the rapidly expanding areas of natural resource management, environmental management, and sustainable development. There are significant career opportunities in all three levels of Australian government, in international and regional organisations, and in the private and community sectors. Graduates with substantial policy skills matched with a sound background in areas such as climate science, water science, landscape ecology and similar areas are highly sought after. The specialisation in Environmental Policy offers foundational knowledge in public policy, placed firmly within the context of some of the big challenges in areas such as climate impacts and adaptation, landscape management and water resource management.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1.     Describe and critically assess environmental policy theory and practice at scales from the local to the global

2.     Analyse specific environmental policy issues within different theoretical frameworks and over different time scales

3.     Employ advanced research, writing and presentation skills, including the preparation of written material relevant to public policy (i.e. ministerial policy briefs and/or policy submissions)

4.     Describe, evaluate and communicate key environmental public policies related to (inter alia) water, climate change mitigation and adaptation, biodiversity conservation, trade and environment, sustainability in business and industry, regional planning, and community and landholder participation.

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This specialisation requires the completion of 24 units, which must consist of:

6 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ENVS6528 Environmental Policy 6

18 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
EMDV8078 Introduction to Environmental and Resource Economics 6
ENVS6025 Complex Environmental Problems in Action 6
ENVS6033 International Environmental Policy 6
ENVS6301 Climate Change Science & Policy in Practice 6
ENVS6307 Climate Change Science & Policy 6
ENVS6315 Essentials of Environmental Law 6
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