- Code ENVS3028
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Environmental Science
- Areas of interest Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Environmental Studies, Human Sciences, Policy Studies
Grounded in the discipline of public policy, the course considers the complexities around public policy-making for the environment and sustainability. The course considers how policy is made and the institutional settings within which it is made, how problems and policies are framed, implemented and evaluated, and the inherent challenges in choosing appropriate policy instruments to meet an objective. The course focuses particularly on Australia’s public policy and institutional settings, but comparisons with international case studies will be made. Interactive lectures and tutorials provide students with opportunities to analyse specific environmental policy issues in theoretical frameworks and over different time scales. Topics explored include water and climate policy, sustainability in business and industry, public and civil society participation in policy-making, and the relationship between international environmental policy and Australian environmental policy.
Students should be aware that this course involves substantial group-work for a number of assessment tasks.
Honours Pathway Option
Subject to the approval of the course convenor; students taking this option must complete an extra piece of reading each week and give an analysis of its relevance and importance to environmental policy. Students will also give a seminar to the class based on their research essay. All other assessment and requirements remain the same.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Identify and examine the basis of environmental policy and how it is developed and implemented in Australia, as well as in other relevant jurisdictions;
- Describe and evaluate key environmental public policies, as well as information and tools to support them;
- Evaluate alternative choices of policy design and policy instruments in the context of major environment and sustainability issues, including in both Australian and international contexts; and
- Employ advanced research, writing and presentation skills, including to construct written material relevant to the public policy sphere.
Students will have the options to individually weight their assessment items (within ranges) at the beginning of the semester, so as to tailor the coursework to the tasks they see as a priority for their individual learning journeys.
If you do not meet the requisites for this course, it may be possible to receive a permission code. If you are prompted for a permission code on ISIS, please request one online via the following form.
- Policy brief (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Tutorial organisation and facilitation (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Course reflection journal (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Policy research project report (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 1 x 2 hour interactive lectures plus 1 x 2 hour tutorial per week.
- Approximately 72 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Dovers, S. and Hussey, K. 2013. Environment and Sustainability: A Policy Handbook. 2nd edition. Sydney: Federation Press.
Assumed Knowledge96 units or written approval of the course convenor.
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- 6 units
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