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EV5107 - Environmental Management, Policy and Governance

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

This subject introduces students to the theory and processes of environmental management and places these into the broader context of environmental governance, legislation and policy. Topics taught in this subject include: design and implementation of environmental policy; conservation and management planning in the context of Australian and Queensland environmental legislation; stakeholder engagement approaches, and international environmental policy. Case studies are used to demonstrate the practical implementation of environmental management systems and processes. Students at the Masters level are encouraged to pursue their specific topic interests and to develop facilitation and negotiation skills through student-led tutorials and a mock Conference of the Parties exercise.

Learning Outcomes

  • analyse and critique environmental management and policy documents in the context of the contemporary global and local environmental outlook;
  • identify and critically appraise the underlying principles of environmental law and policy, including how and why these have evolved over time;
  • review and evaluate the processes by which policy is made and implemented, with reference to the norms and principles that govern policy development at international and national levels;
  • apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to address key environmental problems, with particular reference to the tropics;
  • demonstrate advanced professional skills in group work, facilitation and written and oral communication through written assessments and active participation in tutorials.


Townsville, Block, Study Period 7
Census Date 11-Jul-2019
Face to face teaching 22-Jul-2019 to 26-Jul-2019 (5 day workshop on campus Townsville)
Coordinator: Dr Zsuzsa Banhalmi-Zakar, Dr Claudia Benham
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor David King, Dr Yetta Gurtner, Assoc. Professor Eric Roberts, Dr Zsuzsa Banhalmi-Zakar, Dr Claudia Benham.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 45 hours workshops/Seminars
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: tutorial attendance and participation (20%); essays (50%); conference of the parties preparatory report (30%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.