- Class Number 1578
- Term Code 3220
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery Online
- AsPr Judith Jones
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 29/11/2021
- Class End Date 28/01/2022
- Census Date 07/01/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 30/11/2021
This course provides an overview of topics within domestic Australian environmental protection law. Environmental Law is the complex, sometimes connected, and sometimes disparate collection of treaties, conventions, statutes, regulations, and case law which involve questions of the interactions of humans with the natural environment. More modern conceptions of environmental law see its purpose as encouraging long-term ecological sustainability, rather than merely providing rules for orderly exploitation of natural resources.
The course critically examines the institutional arrangements and legal principles that underpin the practice of environmental and planning law.The course examines environmental law from both theoretical and practical perspectives, taking a broad national and thematic approach. Whilst it places particular emphasis on the applicable Commonwealth, NSW and ACT law, the course reviews fundamental concepts, useful tools and insights with which to understand and critically analyse environmental law.
Topics covered include:
- introduction defining the 'environment', 'ecologically sustainable development';
- the common law and environmental protection;
- environmental law in a federal system;
- role of local and state governments;
- statutory land-use planning and development control law;
- evironmental impact assessment law;
- bodiversity law;
- native vegetation law;
- pollution control law;
- a brief introduction to climate change and energy law;
- environmental litigation;
- enforcement of environmental law; and
- major projects law.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate a broad (and at times advanced) knowledge of key principles, legal doctrine and legal regimes relevant to Australian environmental law, and communicate this knowledge to a variety of audiences in a clear and coherent manner;
- Conduct independent research into primary and secondary materials on an Australian environmental law problem;
- Identify relevant (Australian) state and/or federal environmental law and, using intellectual initiative and judgment, explain how the relevant law is applicable, with reference to a particular environmental law issue/problem
- Analyse and critically evaluate secondary materials and commentary on Australian environmental law and policy.
- Demonstrate a broad understanding of fundamental principles of environmental law and awareness of environmental law in context terminology, rationale, theories and approaches of Australian environmental law;
- Critically analyse the role and implications of environmental law within the context of wider perspectives in order to develop new understanding from perspectives
There is no set text. There is a a detailed course outline with associated readings which will be available through Wattle.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written response to proposed essay topic if student opts to develop a topic of her or his own choice
- Evaluation of student work as discussant on wattle and in class
- Annotations of research essay through the essay text and general comments
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
Extensions late submission and penalties - https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/extensions-late-submission-and-penalties
Deferred examination: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/deferred-examinations
Special consideration: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/special-assessment-consideration
Penalties for excess word length: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/word-length-and-excess-word-penalties
Distribution of Grades Policy: Effective from Winter Session and Second Semester 2018 (and until further notice), an interim scaling guideline applies to all courses in the LLB (Hons) and JD programs. Please see: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/grading
Further Information about the Course: is available from the course WATTLE page. Students are required to access the WATTLE site regularly throughout the course for details on weekly classes and any announcements relating to the course.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Monday 29 November Live online lecture 10 am - 12 noon The Origins and Growth of Environmental Law (Introduction - culture and philosophy) Online tutorial (sign up for either 2-3 pm, or 3-4 pm) Tutorial topic as advised on Wattle.|
|2||Tuesday 30 November Live online lecture 10 am - 12 noon The Origins and Growth of Environmental Law cont'd (Objectives including ESD) Online tutorial (2-3 pm, or 3-4 pm) Topic as advised on Wattle.|
|3||Wednesday 1 December Live online lecture 10 am - 12 noon The Origins and Growth of Environmental Law cont'd. (ESD and Precaution) Online tutorial (2-3 pm, or 3-4 pm) Topic as advised on Wattle.|
|4||Thurs 2 December Live online lecture 10 am - 12 noon The Power of the Commonwealth and the States (Division of power and responsibility) Online tutorial (2-3 pm, or 3-4 pm) Topic as advised on Wattle.|
|5||Fri 3 December Live online lecture 10 am - 12 noon. The Power of the Commonwealth and the States cont'd (EPBC Act) Online tutorial (2-3 pm, or 3-4 pm) Topic as advised on Wattle.||Optional self-test questions to be completed over the weekend and discussed in class on Monday 6 Dec.|
|6||Mon 6 December Live online lecture 10 am - 12 noon. The Power of the Commonwealth and the States cont'd (State Planning and Development Control) Online tutorial (2-3 pm, or 3-4 pm) Topic as advised on Wattle.||.|
|7||Tues 7 December Live online lecture 10 am - 12 noon. The Enforcement of Environmental Law Online tutorial (2-3 pm, or 3-4 pm) Topic as advised on Wattle.|
|8||Wed 8 December Live online lecture 10 am - 12 noon. The Common Law and the Courts Online tutorial (2-3 pm, or 3-4 pm) Topic as advised on Wattle.|
|9||Thurs 9 December Live online lecture 10 am - 12 noon. Land Tenure and Property Rights (Property rights and Resource ownership) Online tutorial (2-3 pm, or 3-4 pm) Topic as advised on Wattle.|
|10||Fri 10 December Live online lecture 10 am - 12 noon. Land Tenure and Property Rights cont'd (Indigenous rights and Interests) Online tutorial (2-3 pm, or 3-4 pm) Topic as advised on Wattle.||Optional self-test questions to be completed over the weekend and discussed in class on Monday 13 Dec.|
|11||Mon 13 December Live online lecture 10 am - 12 noon. The Role of the Public Online tutorial (2-3 pm, or 3-4 pm) Topic as advised on Wattle.|
|12||Tues 14 December Live online lecture 10 am - 12 noon. The Progress of Environmental Law Online tutorial (2-3 pm, or 3-4 pm) Topic as advised on Wattle.||Compulsory Research Essay task as advised below which commences at the end of the course as advised in the assessment scheme.|
|13||Friday 17 Dec||Compulsory Online Test as advised in the assessment scheme.|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Self-test Questions: week 1||0 %||06/12/2021||06/12/2021||1, 3, 4, 5, 6.|
|Self-test Questions: week 2||0 %||13/12/2021||13/12/2021||1, 3, 4, 5, 6.|
|Online Test.||30 %||17/12/2021||10/01/2022||1, 3, 4, 5, 6.|
|Research Essay||70 %||24/01/2022||16/02/2022||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
- Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure
- Special Assessment Consideration Policy and General Information
- Student Surveys and Evaluations
- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.
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 is an online course. Lectures will be recorded. Tutorials will not be recorded.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6.
Self-test Questions: week 1
Brief Description: Self-test questions to provide individual feedback on progress in the course.
Nature of task: Optional
Available: Available from 5 pm Friday 3 December 2021
Estimated return date: For discussion in class on Monday 6 December 2021.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6.
Self-test Questions: week 2
Brief Description: Self-test questions to provide individual feedback on progress in the course.
Nature of task: Optional
Available: Available from 5 pm Friday 10 December 2021
Estimated return date: For discussion in class on Monday 13 December 2021
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6.
Brief Description: The online test will cover all material in the lectures and the tutorials. Questions will be in the same or similar style of self-test questions that will be released during the course, and answers discussed in class (see activities listed above). The paper will contain a mix of short answer questions (which possibly will include multiple choice) and some questions that allow a more reflective response. The test may have elements that require application of relevant Federal or NSW law that has been discussed in the course. Further information about the number and nature of the questions (and any choice of questions) will be released via Wattle on Friday 10 December by 5 PM.
Nature of task: Compulsory. The consequence of non-completion will be a “0” mark for this part of the course. Failure to submit the task will result in a mark of 0 for this task. If you access the task you cannot hand it in late. If however you experience unavoidable and extenuating circumstances and cannot undertake the test, do not open the task on Wattle. Instead you should apply for an extension to the ANU College of Law team here:
The College will give you one opportunity to sit the online test, at the same time on Tuesday 21 December 2021. This will be your final opportunity to sit the online test.
Release: The online test will be released at 10 am on Friday 17 December.
Due date: The test will be due, via Turnitin at 11.30 am on Friday 17 December.
Word limit: There will be no formal word limit, although an advisory of length for each question will be provided on the paper.
Estimated return date: 10 January 2022
These will be made available in more detail via Wattle. For multiple choice and short answer questions students will need to demonstrate accurate knowledge and understanding of relevant law. For any question(s) requiring a more reflective response students will also need to demonstrate not only accurate knowledge and understanding, but also their engagement and familiarity with course materials and readings.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
Brief Description: The research essay has to be an academic essay with a well-defined thesis and argument. The lecturer will release a set of essay questions on the final day of lectures. Students will also have the option of doing a topic of their own choosing, relating to the subject matter of the course, with the lecturer's approval. If you would like to address a topic of your own choosing, please contact Judy Jones by email, giving at least some indication of one (or more) topics which you are interested in addressing. She will then respond by email.
Nature of task: Compulsory. The consequence of non-completion will be a “0” mark for this part of the course.
Release: The research essay questions will be released on the penultimate day of classes, Monday 13 December. This document will be posted on Wattle. Time has been allocated in the final session of the course on Tuesday 14 December , to discuss how students should go about writing these essays. Students can also select their own research topic, with the lecturer's permission.
Due date: Monday 24 January 2022 at 5 pm, via Turnitin. Late submissions (ie without an extension) will be accepted, although late penalties will apply.
Word limit: 2800 words.
Estimated return date: 16 February 2022, via Turnitin.
Clear explanation of what the paper is attempting to accomplish
Depth of research
Ability to critically evaluate materials
Quality and precision of arguments
Quality of expression and correctness of grammar
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The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.
You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.
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.
Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:
- Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
- Late submission permitted. 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 test or examinations.
- Late submission with an extension. To ensure equity for all students, the 5% penalty per working day for late submission of work does not apply if you have been given an extension. Where an extension is granted, the revised due date and submission time is provided in writing. Please note that the revised due date is calculated by including weekends and public holidays. Regardless of which day of the week the revised due date falls on, students who submit after that date are penalised by 5% of the possible marks available for the assessment task per 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.
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Environmental law, environmental history, cultural history, risk assessment and scientific uncertainty
AsPr Judith Jones