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EV5962 - Governance - Ridge to Reef

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

Available to Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma of Ridge to Reef Sustainable Development students only. This subject is scheduled to run in 2018 only.

The Governance unit will develop a comprehensive understanding of the key formal and informal features of natural resource governance from the local scale through to national and supranational scales. The unit will commence by developing a conceptual understanding of governance (as distinct from government) and situating this understanding in the context of natural resource management. It will then provide a comprehensive understanding of community-based resource management and common-property resources by using an intensive case study approach. The unit will then consider the operation of national governance, focusing on the interplay of state and non-state actors in the design and implementation of environmental policy. Intensive case-study analysis will again situate this understanding and illuminate the critical role of informal as well as formal institutions of governance. Finally, the unit will consider the emergence of supra-national governance, including the role of international treaties and conventions and the emergence of supra- national institutions designed to attend to the management of ecosystems at large scales. Critical analysis of case studies will again be accompanying this analysis.

Learning Outcomes

  • identify and explain the key elements of Policy development;
  • demonstrate a critical understanding of policies and contexts;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to strategically and effectively engage in regional policy;
  • apply relevant theories and concepts with the ability to interpret and apply legal and regulatory frameworks;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the distribution of functions, responsibilities and authority between local, provincial and national government institution and non-state Actors.


External, Study Period 1
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Dr Janine Sheaves
Lecturers: Professor Colin Simpfendorfer, Mrs Stephanie Hernandez, Professor Marcus Lane, Ms Rachel Miller, Dr Claudia Benham, Dr Janine Sheaves.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 22 hours lectures
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: online formative (50%); summative assessment (50%).

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.