Loss of biodiversity is one of the most serious environmental problems the world faces. The objective of this course is to describe, analyse and evaluate current legal regimes for biodiversity conservation. It also explores the policy issues that arise in relation to biodiversity conservation and examines the need for a broader policy mix.
Conventional legal approaches, based on setting aside special areas and regulation, often fail to grasp the implications of the problem and may need both to be reformed and complemented by other approaches, such as providing positive incentives, such as stewardship payments.
The course will provide a critical understanding of current legal issues relating to terrestrial biodiversity conservation and the design of appropriate policy responses, particularly in relation to private land.
After outlining the ecological, scientific and socio-economic context in which biodiversity conservation is pursued, this course describes, analyses and evaluates current legal regimes for biodiversity conservation. It includes coverage of:
- International obligations
- Federal/state/local government division of responsibility
- Protected areas;
- Threatened species;
- Native vegetation conservation on private land;
- Private and public forestry
- Regulatory, voluntary and economic instruments;
The course also explores the policy issues that arise from current approaches and examines the need for a broader policy mix.
Learning OutcomesBy the conclusion of this course, it is intended that students who have successfully completed all the course requirements will be able to:
- Explain the range of justifications advanced for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, identify the role played by science and scientists, and analyse the role of international, Commonwealth and State law relating to nature conservation;
- Identify and critically evaluate the respective roles played by the setting aside of protected areas and the conservation of nature on land in private ownership;
- Select policy instruments available to induce private landholders to manage their land in ways that are sensitive to nature conservation and critically analyse the role which can usefully be played by law, and in particular direct (“command and control”) regulation;
- Distinguish claims for compensation for the imposition of land use restrictions over land in private ownership from payments for active management, and critically assess the appropriateness of claims for compensation and their likelihood of success under Australian law; and
- Research, critically examine and communicate in writing about a problem or specific aspect of biodiversity law and policy.
Other InformationThis is an online course (see LLM timetable for dates) which will be conducted via the Wattle course site.
Indicative AssessmentAssessment is likely to consist of:
- Preliminary essay 20%
- Research essay 80%
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This is an online course. Students will study online. The course will require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours.
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Requisite and Incompatibility
Indicative Reading ListStudents must rely on the approved Course Study Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.
An e-brick will be available on the Wattle course site
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Band 3
- Unit value:
- 6 units
If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees. Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.
Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery|
|9485||16 Oct 2018||16 Oct 2018||02 Nov 2018||25 Dec 2018||In Person|