Courses & Units

Current Issues in Environmental Law and Policy LAW195

Hobart

Introduction

This unit explores the legal and policy context in which some of Australia's most challenging environmental controversies arise. It introduces students to the broad framework for environmental regulation, decision-making and dispute resolution, using a range of topical issues and case studies. In 2021, these case studies will include the  “Black Summer” bushfires, Rio Tinto’s destruction of the Juukan Gorge caves in Western Australia, protecting the Great Barrier Reef and the Adani Carmichael coal mine. Closer to home, we’ll consider fish farming in Tasmania and commercial tourism in national parks.

Using these and other issues as a lens, we will draw out common themes and challenges in environmental governance, including:
how practical and effective the principles of ecologically sustainable development as a basis for environmental protection in Australia;

  • Divisions of power between the Commonwealth and State governments and issues of regulatory fragmentation;
  • the importance of public participation in environmental decision-making;
  • Issues with compliance, enforcement and the overall efficacy of our laws; and
  • the role of the market in environmental regulation.

Summary

Unit name Current Issues in Environmental Law and Policy
Unit code LAW195
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law
Coordinator

Professor Jan Macdonald

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No

Availability

Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic

Key

On-campus
Off-Campus
International students
Domestic students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe and explain understanding of the division of powers over environmental matters between local, state, and Commonwealth governments, and the role of international bodies..
  2. Critically reflect on the range of social, political, ethical, economic and ecological factors that influence environmental law, policy, and decision-making..
  3. Critique the value and application of the principles of Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) in the context of the disputes and case studies discussed in the course.
  4. Communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Fees

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
050999 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,783.00

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Requisites

Prerequisites

Co-requisites

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

LAW639

Teaching

Teaching Pattern

Weekly seminar (2 hours)

Assessment

Contribution to online discussion boards, 6 contributions, max 400 words each (30%)

Research presentation and annotated bibliography, 10 minutes and 2500 words (30%)

Take-home exam (40%)

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Textbooks

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