- Class Number 6517
- Term Code 2950
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Michael Eburn
- Dr Michael Eburn
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 24/06/2019
- Class End Date 18/11/2019
- Census Date 26/07/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 25/06/2019
All aspects of environmental and natural resource management are shaped by the law in some way. The law is used to define how, and by whom decisions that impact upon the environment are made. Law imposes obligations upon individuals, institutions and governments; it is used to determine who is, or is not accountable for decisions and their consequences. The law can be used to bring the resources of the state to permit or prohibit actions and allow choices whether they benefit or harm the environment.
This course offers environmental science, management and policy students an introduction to the workings of the Australian legal system and how the law and relevant institutions are used to affect environmental decision making. While introducing key environmental legislation the course explores how law is shaped by those with vested interests in the outcome and how law is applied, or ignored, in environmental decision making. You will gain a critical understanding of the law and its role in environmental decision making.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Explain the role of parliaments, courts and the executive in the Australian legal system.
2. Explain the role and separation of responsibility between the States, Territories and the Commonwealth in the Australian federation.
3. Identify and explain key pieces of environmental legislation in different jurisdictions.
4. Discuss and compare the role of institutions in the development and enforcement of environmental law in different jurisdictions.5. Critically discuss the role of law as a factor in environmental decision making in different jurisdictions and contexts.
This course provides an opportunity to explore issues in environmental law including how law is developed and made and how it is applied in practice. The first part of the course, and the first intensive school, will focus on introducing you to the fundamentals of the Australian legal system including the institutions involved in law making and law enforcement and the key pieces of environmental law. Before returning for the second intensive, you will have the opportunity to conduct your own research on an environmental legal issue to develop your own understanding of the law, how it works and is applied, and how the law can serve to both advance, and hinder, environmental interests.
Your research will be supplemented by guest presentations from academic experts and practitioners who will share insights with you on the use of the law as an environmental policy tool.
Additional Course Costs
There are no additional costs for this course.
Examination Material or equipment
The first online exam will be made available on the Wattle site after the first intensive school. Students will be able to complete that exam and submit it via Wattle.
The second online exam will be made available on the Wattle site after the second intensive school. Students will be able to complete that exam and submit it via Wattle.
You will require access to a computer with a web browser and internet connection in order to access the unit Wattle site.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- General comments to the whole class on the online exam
- Written comments on individual research reports;
- Verbal comments on individual presentations;
- Verbal feedback to the whole class on the exam and the research reports;
- Additional, individual feedback on request.
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||In the first intensive school (Monday 24 to Friday 28 June 2019) students will be introduced to fundamental legal concepts including the sources of law and legal categories (torts, crime, administrative law) etc. The discussion will introduce the Environment and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) and discuss the use of law as a tool in environment protection.||Online exam|
|2||The second intensive school (Thursday 12 to Friday 13 September 2019) will focus on a discussion of material that students will have been assigned to study between the two intensive schools, as well as some expert presentations on the reality of environmental law.||Class participation Online exam|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|1st Online exam||20 %||12/08/2019||30/08/2019||1,2|
|Oral presentation/participate in class discussion||10 %||12/09/2019||20/09/2019||1,2,3,4,5|
|Lead classroom discussion on prescribed topic||15 %||12/09/2019||20/09/2019||1,2|
|Research report||55 %||18/10/2019||28/11/2019||3,4,5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
This course does not include formal examination during the examination period.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2
1st Online exam
An examination, to completed via Wattle. The examination will be released after the first intensive school. You will be able to log in at any time between 5pm on Friday 28 June and 7pm on Monday 12 August to complete this task, but once you start, you must complete the test within 4.5 hours. There will be a bank of questions, and you will be asked to answer a random selection of those questions. That means that another student may not get the same questions or questions in the same order.
Value: 20% of the final mark.
Presentation requirements: The exam is to be completed online via Wattle.
Submission date: Any time between 5pm 28 June and 7pm 12 August 2019.
Estimated return date: 30 August 2019.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Oral presentation/participate in class discussion
Lead a discussion in class of assigned tasks. .
Value: 10% of the final mark.
Presentation requirements: You will be assigned a topic and will be required to teach the content to your colleagues.
Due date: This discussion will take place on Thursday 12 September, the first day of the second intensive school,
Estimated return date: 20 September 2019.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2
Lead classroom discussion on prescribed topic
During the first intensive school, students in ENVS6315 will be placed into groups of 2,3 or 4 (depending on the total enrolment) and given an assigned topic and reading. During the second intensive school the group will be required to present the reading to the class and lead a discussion on the material discussed.
Value: 15% of the final mark.
Presentation requirements: Students are required to present the material during the second intensive school.
Submission date: During the second residential school – 12-13 September 2019.
Estimated return date: We will have a discussion after the class presentation and before the end of the second residential school (13 September) to give feedback and results.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 3,4,5
A substantial written report on a self-selected research topic. The convener will suggest some topics from which you can chose, or with the convener’s approval, you may nominate your own topic. The research must include original data/information analysis.
Value: 55% of the final mark.
Presentation requirements: The word limit is 4,000 words, plus references, figures and tables, and an abstract (limit an additional 150 words). Submission is through Turnitin.
Due date: 18 October 2018
Estimated return date: 28 November 2018 (This is the date of the release of final results).
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For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure.
The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request it in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item.
Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
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Student work will be marked electronically and comments provided via Turnitin or Wattle.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Resubmission of Assignments
Assignments may not be resubmitted.
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Dr Michael Eburn