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Environmental Policy and Law (ENV328)

Organisational Unit Environmental and Conservation Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit is intended to introduce students to environmental policy and the role played by the legal system in environmental protection, planning and management. Students are introduced to the nature of legal and political systems and the consequent limitations and opportunities for the implementation of environmental policy. Emphasis is given to the Australian and often to the Western Australian situation, but we will regularly widen our perspective and compare environmental policies and laws in Australia with developments in Europe or Northern America.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Distinguish between the common law and statute law and their role in supporting environmental protection, planning and management in Australia
2. Describe the strengths and weaknesses of three environmental policy instruments - regulatory, economic, participatory - when it comes to protecting our natural environment
3. Describe the complementary roles of the Commonwealth and of the states in environmental policy making in Australia
4. Describe the nature and elements of environmental legal acts and the role of scientific evidence in environmental policy making
5. Explain the role of courts and tribunals in environmental policy and law with a specific focus on judicial review and merits appeals in Western Australia
6. Find and interpret legal acts and other policy documents in print and electronic form
7. Critically analyse legal and political arguments in environmental matters
8. Effectively communicate arguments in the area of environmental policy and law to professional and lay audiences.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hours per week; workshops: 1 hour per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The material for each module is presented through the lectures, workshops and required readings. The lectures and workshops in this unit are designed to make the readings more accessible, rather than to transfer a lot of new material.

Six online workshops for external students or for internal students unable to attend the internal workshops
Assessment Assignment 1 (Essay) 30 % 1,000 words
The essay will focus on each student's mastery of basic policy and legal concepts and their adaptability to legal writing.
Assignment 2 (Project) 40 % 1500 words
This is an important piece of work and is intended to provide an opportunity for each student to research a specialized area of environmental policy and law.
Examination 30 %
The examination will be a two hour, closed-book exam.

Feedback will be provided continuously through the discussion forum, and on each student's essay and project.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed ENV228 Environmental Policy and Law may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
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Animal Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Biological Sciences (BSc) [New in 2014]
Chemistry (BSc) [New in 2014]
Conservation and Wildlife Biology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Crop and Pasture Science (BSc) [New in 2016]
Environmental Management and Sustainability (BSc) [New in 2014]
Environmental Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Marine Biology (BSc) [New in 2017]
Marine Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Mathematics and Statistics (BSc) [New in 2014]
Physics and Nanotechnology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Sport and Health Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Oliver Fritsch
Senior Lecturer in Environmental Policy, Law and Impact Assessment

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6125
e: Oliver.Fritsch@murdoch.edu.au
o: 335.3.044A - Environmental Science, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Oliver Fritsch
Senior Lecturer in Environmental Policy, Law and Impact Assessment

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6125
e: Oliver.Fritsch@murdoch.edu.au
o: 335.3.044A - Environmental Science, Murdoch Campus
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