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LA4030 - Mining and Resources Law and Governance

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: College of Business, Law & Governance

Australia's mining boom has seen the landscape - literally and figuratively - change significantly. In the face of promised economic benefits, mineral resources have competed with the natural environment and water resources, and on many occasions also with landowners, local communities and traditional owners of land. This subject looks critically at the regulatory frameworks for mining and natural resources in terms of sustainability. It canvasses the relationship between minerals, natural resources and land, the environmental and social consequences of their exploitation, and the economic issues that inform the legislative and broader governance framework.

Learning Outcomes

  • Find and apply the law relevant to mining and resource exploitation with reference to particular case studies;
  • Evaluate the regulatory frameworks for mineral and natural resource exploitation in the Australian context in terms of sustainability.
Prerequisites: LA2015 OR LA2021


External, Study Period 2
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coord/Lect: Dr Kate Galloway.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 0 hours - There will be a full two day workshop (optional for External students) on each campus. The rest of the subject content is delivered online with the use of a range of resources, including learnJCU and e-books.
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: written blog (part 1 of 4) (5%); written blog (part 2 of 4) (20%); written blog (part 3 of 4) (35%); written blog (part 4 of 4) (40%).

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.