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Environmental Policy for the 21st Century (ENV616)

Organisational Unit Environmental and Conservation Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal (quota of 30 places), S1-external (quota of 10 places)
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Environmental problems including how best to respond to climate change are at the centre of public policy debates across the world. This unit explores how environmental issues are translated into public policy and the role that environmental science plays in that process. The course focusses primarily on the Australian context, although examples from other regions of the world are also examined.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Understand those factors that make environmental issues challenging to address effectively through policy.
2. Analyse the role of science in environmental policy making and implementation.
3. Evaluate how the policy cycle functions in theory and practice.
4. Identify which policy instruments are best suited to translate environmental policy objectives into actions.
5. Critique the strengths and weaknesses of current environmental policies.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hour per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week.
Unit Learning Experiences This Unit will contribute to the development of the following graduate attributes:
1. Refinement of writing skills through assignments requiring analysis of environmental policy issues and cases.
2. Enhancement of critical thinking skills through analysis of assigned journal articles and lecture discussions.
3. An appreciation of how environmental policy can make a significant contribution not only to environmental management but to meeting sustainability and community development objectives.
Assessment Assignment 1: Analysis of an Environmental Policy Context 25%, 1,500 word max., Week 4
Assignment 2: Environmental Policy Briefing Note 25%, 1,000 word max., Week 10
Assignment 3: Critique of an Environmental Policy 40%, 2,500 word max., Week 15
Course Engagement 10%, 1 page reviews of assigned readings, continuous.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Master-level qualification or Graduate Diploma in Energy and the Environment.
Notes Students with a background in environmental science/studies and/or public policy and well developed writing skills are best positioned for this course.
Quota This unit is subject to quota. The rationale for the quota is based on workload capacity assigned to guest lecturer. Preference is given to students enrolled in an environmental masters course.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Diploma in Energy and the Environment (GradDipEnEnv)
Master of Biosecurity (MBiosec)
Master of Development Studies (MDS)
Master of Environmental Science (MEnvSc)
Master of Food Security (MFoodSec) [New in 2015]
Master of Health Administration, Policy and Leadership (MHAPL) [New in 2016]
Master of International Affairs and Security (MIAS)
Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM)
Master of Sustainable Development (MSustDev)
Master of Veterinary Studies (Conservation Medicine) (MVS)
Master of Wildlife Health and Conservation (MWildlifeHth) [New in 2015]
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 Jo Ann Beckwith
Adjunct Professor

e: J.Beckwith@murdoch.edu.au
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MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Jo Ann Beckwith
Adjunct Professor

e: J.Beckwith@murdoch.edu.au
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