- Code ENVS6315
- 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 Human Ecology, Environmental Studies, Environmental Science , Sustainable Development
ENVS6315 has been adjusted for remote participation in 2021 due to COVID-19. On-campus activities will also be available. Intensive component:5-16 Jul
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.
This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Explain the role of parliaments, courts and the executive in the Australian legal system.
- Explain the role and separation of responsibility between the States, Territories and the Commonwealth in the Australian federation.
- Identify and explain key pieces of environmental legislation in different jurisdictions.
- Discuss and compare the role of institutions in the development and enforcement of environmental law in different jurisdictions.
- Critically discuss the role of law as a factor in environmental decision making in different jurisdictions and contexts.
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.
- Online exam (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Discussion participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Lead classroom discussion on prescribed topic (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Research paper (55) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component consisting of 49 hours of contact delivered intensively over 7 days (5 days in September, 2 days in November) comprising: lectures and tutorials;
- 81 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsReadings will be provided online via Wattle
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