It is well-recognised that environmental law intersects with many other areas of law and legal practice. LAWS8189, as an introductory environmental law course, surveys relevant parts of public law subjects, such as constitutional law and administrative law, and elements of common law such as nuisance and aspects of property law, from an environmental perspective. As the subject matter includes many statutes, it relies heavily on cases that engage with statutory interpretation.
This course is primarily designed for LLM students who may not have an undergraduate law degree or have not previously studied any environmental law. Prospective students who have previously studied law and are familiar with general legal principles of an undergraduate law degree or who have previously studied the subject matter in environmental law are referred to the more specialist and advanced environmental LLM courses being offered, such as LAWS8280 Land, Water and Biodiversity, LAWS8662 Environmental Risk and Disaster Law or LAWS8484 Climate Law. As LAWS8189 is also a domestic environmental law course, students interested in International Environmental Law are referred to LAWS8264 International Law of the Environment.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Critically evaluate the origins and sources of environmental law.
- Synthesise the key principles of, and institutions within, environmental law, in order to propose solutions to environmental law problems.
- Critically analyse the process and responsibilities involved in making and interpreting environmental laws and suggest reforms.
- Analyse and reflect on the interplay between politics, policy, science and values in environmental law.
- Research, critically examine and communicate in writing about a problem or specific aspect of environmental law.
- The proposed means of assessment for this course will provide students with at least two pieces of assessment, including one piece during the teaching period. More information about the means of assessment, including the relationship between the assessment and the learning outcomes of the course, will be available in the class summary and on the course WATTLE page. (100) [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 three contact hours per week.
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Requisite and Incompatibility
Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately two weeks prior to the commencement of the course. Alternatively, this information will be published in the Program course list when known.
Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately two weeks prior to the commencement of the course.
Students who have completed an Environmental Law elective course within an LLB or JD degree from an Australian University should not take this course.
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