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Comparative Environmental Policy and Law (ENV552)

Organisational Unit Environmental and Conservation Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit entails advanced study into the principles underlying environmental governance structures and alternative models for environmental policy, and their application in practice. The legislative support for environmental policy will be explored from the international to the state level. Possible avenues for law reform will be examined.
Unit Learning Outcomes The content objectives for ENV552 are as follows:
* to gain an understanding of the principles of and alternative models for environmental policy and the policy instruments available to influence environmental behaviours;
* to develop an appreciation of the structure and operation of key international environmental conventions and environmental legislation in Australia in relation to environmental science, planning and management; and
* to develop high level written and oral communication skills including the ability to effectively convey the workings of environmental policy and law to others.

On successful completion of ENV552 you should have achieved the following graduate outcomes:
* to have learnt how to find primary and secondary legal materials including international conventions, Acts of Parliament and a broad range of policies;
* to have developed your critical thinking and analytical abilities; and
* to have further improved your oral and written communication skills.
Timetabled Learning Activities Workshops: 4 x 1 day (8 Hours) sessions
Unit Learning Experiences This unit includes a series of one day on-campus workshops with learning also available in 100% on-line mode; enabling it to be taught in a flexible, interactive manner that maximises the learning experience. Learning occurs through the interactive workshops during in-class contact and discussions, supported independent research activity and through presentation to fellow students. Online discussion forums enable interaction with fellow students and the unit coordinator throughout the semester.
Assessment Written assignment 1 40% 2000 words Poster (500 words) and oral presentation (5 minutes) 30% Final written assignment 30% 1500 words Assignment 1 is a discussion paper based on the themes and topics presented in workshop 1. It focusses on a critical review of an aspect of environmental policy and law selected by the students. The poster presentation and final written assignment are linked. Students design a poster discussing an aspect of environmental policy and law and orally present the poster in workshop 3. Immediate verbal feedback is provided in class to the students. The poster, presentation and feedback inform the write up for the final assignment that elaborates on the issues presented in the poster.
Prerequisites Enrolment in a graduate-level (AQF level 8) course.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Environmental Assessment and Management (GradCertEnvAsstMan)
Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science (GradCertEnvSc)
Graduate Certificate in Protected Area Administration (GradCertPAAdmin) [New in 2015]
Graduate Diploma in Energy and the Environment (GradDipEnEnv)
Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science (GradDipEnv)
Master of Sustainable Development (MSustDev)
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
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