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LA2902 - Environmental Law and Policy

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: School of Law Office

This subject does not constitute a law elective. Students enrolled in law and joint law degrees should only take this subject as a non-law elective.

The subject introduces students to the fundamentals of the study of law and of the nature of international, national and state environmental law. The subject then examines the application of environmental law in Australia as an instrument for enforcing environmental regulation, promoting ecologically sustainable development, resource management and planning, heritage governance and environmental conservation and protection.

Learning Outcomes

  • to enable students to develop an understanding of the architecture of environmental law systems and of the nature and form of norms and principles of international, Australian federal and selected state environmental laws and policies;
  • to provide students with a basic introduction to legal source materials, modes of legal reasoning, legal terminology and concepts and categories of law;
  • to enable students to analyse and critique environmental law and policy in the context of the contemporary global and local environmental outlook;
  • to enable students to critique the adequacy of current law and policy and to make recommendations on how the law should evolve;
  • to enable students to reflect critically on how and why the principles of environmental law and policy have evolved.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning processes and products;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner;
  • A commitment to lifelong learning and intellectual development.
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
EV3206 and EV5201 and EV2002 and LA5902

Availabilities

Cairns, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: Ms Dominique Thiriet
Lecturer: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (45%); other exams (10%); tutorial attendance and participation (10%); assignments (35%).

Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: Ms Dominique Thiriet
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (45%); quizzes or tests (10%); tutorial attendance and participation (10%); assignments (35%).

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.