- Code LAWS8117
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by ANU Law School
- ANU College ANU College of Law
- Course subject Laws
- Areas of interest Environmental Studies, Law
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery Online
Over the past three decades, the Australian Government has played an increasingly prominent role in environmental issues. In addition to its traditional functions regarding Commonwealth waters and Commonwealth land, the Australian Government is now directly involved in the regulation and management of land use and pollution issues in the states and territories.
This course will explore the role of the Commonwealth in environmental and natural resource management and provide an overview of the federal legislative regimes that apply to these issues. The emphasis will be on the regulatory structures established under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth), especially the federal environmental impact assessment and approval regime, the national heritage regime and Commonwealth reserve management.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Explain and evaluate the role of the Commonwealth in environmental management;
- Critically examine the ideological, political and legal factors that have shaped, and now underpin, the Commonwealth’s environmental management regime;
- Identify and critically examine key elements of the Commonwealth’s legislative regimes concerning environmental impact assessment, heritage, wildlife trade, terrestrial and marine reserves and forestry;
- Identify and apply key principles of Commonwealth environmental law to problem situations; and
- Research, critically examine and communicate in writing about a problem or specific aspect of Commonwealth environmental law.
- Class participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Research Essay (6,000 words) (90) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 26 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours. Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week.
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Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsT Bonyhady and A Macintosh (eds), Mills, Mines and Other Controversies: The Environmental Assessment of Major Projects, Federation Press, 2010
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- 6 units
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