- Code LAWS8280
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by ANU Law School
- ANU College ANU College of Law
- Course subject Laws
- Areas of interest Environmental Studies, Law, Sustainability, Climate
- Academic career PGRD
- AsPr Judith Jones
- Mode of delivery In Person
Spring Session 2020
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There is growing national and international attention being given to regulatory strategies for the ownership, conservation and management of increasingly scarce, valuable and contested natural resources.
In the Australian natural resource context this gives rise to familiar challenges for resource sectors associated with land and coastal resources including forestry, mining and fisheries. But there are also specific environmental pressures relevant to the Australian continent in relation to: the use of land resources (under pressure from both the mining sector and agricultural vegetation clearance); the management and protection of increasingly scarce subterranean and surface waters; and, also the protection of Australia’s wealth of biodiversity (both terrestrial and marine).
While the historical management of local resources has involved the Australian states/territories there is also significant Federal involvement in the regulation and management of resources associated with land and the marine environment (including heritage and reserves), fresh-water management (for example within the Murray-Darling Basin river system), wildlife trade, biodiversity (including the Great Barrier Reef and forestry) and other resources.
This complex array of inter-connected contexts provides a wealth of case studies and examples through which to use a thematic approach to examine local, national and global strategies for natural resource regulation and property rights.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Assess and critically evaluate historical and contemporary theory, policy and legal institutions relevant to land, water and biodiversity ownership, exploitation and conservation including the role of the Federal (national) and/or state/territory governments;
- Compare, contrast, and critically evaluate the property rights regimes and legal doctrines relevant to land, water and biodiversity resource sectors across different contexts and jurisdictions;
- Critically investigate scholarly and theoretical material from multiple disciplines about property rights and sustainable use of land, water and biodiversity resources in an Australian or global context;
- Appraise the nature of property rights regimes for the conservation of land, water and biodiversity resources; and
- Independently research, critically examine and communicate about specific comparative aspects or problems of resource regulation in the land, water and biodiversity sectors in either a global or national context.
- Preliminary essay (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Research essay (80) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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The workload required for the completion of this course will be approximately150 hours in total. If offered as a blended course it is anticipated that the workload required for completion of activities for this course (including 2 hour seminars accessible off-campus) will be approximately 12 - 14 hours per week over 6 weeks (a total of 75 hours) as guided on the Wattle site. If offered as an intensive (on-campus) then 12-14 hours of study time per week in the 4 weeks leading up to the intensive (50 hours) will be required, followed by 3 - 4 days attendance for 24 hours of intensive classes. In either the off-campus or on-campus mode, the balance of the study time will be spent on independently researching and writing for assessment tasks.
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Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.
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This course assumes an understanding of environmental issues and/or environmental law principles. There is no assumed knowledge about the specific subject matter of the course.
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