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CLAW6035: Climate Change, Business and Regulation

Semester 1, 2022 [Normal day] - Remote

The relationship between the natural environment and business practice is deep and complex, and a multiplicity of regulatory initiatives have been employed in an attempt to manage and influence their interaction. Climate change is set to reshape the global economy and business professionals will require a deep understanding of the natural and regulatory constraints which might impact their business endeavours as entrepreneurs, managers of corporate wealth, and/or their professional advisors. This unit of study aims to provide a deeper understanding of the phenomenon of climate change, among other environmental concerns and planetary boundaries, and their intersection with business activity. It begins with an analysis of the institutional framework surrounding the interaction of business and the environment, introducing major stakeholders in the development of environmental and business regulation (including nation states, international organisations with special reference to the United Nations and its Sustainable Development Goals, and other non-state actors). It then discusses international environmental regulation and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, before considering the Australian response. The effectiveness of different regulatory styles in this sphere is analysed, together with the argument that businesses can and should take ownership of problematic elements of their interactions with the natural environment. Different strategies developed to 'manage' a business' relationship with the environment and issues surrounding liability for environmental damage are also considered.

Unit details and rules

Unit code CLAW6035
Academic unit
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Cary Di Lernia,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Participation Participation
To be added by the Coordinator
15% Please select a valid week from the list below Weekly
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4
Presentation Research Project Proposal Presentation
To be added by the Coordinator
20% Please select a valid week from the list below 10 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Small continuous assessment Critique
To be added by the Coordinator
10% Please select a valid week from the list below Weekly
Outcomes assessed: LO4 LO7 LO6 LO5
Small continuous assessment Individual Reflection
To be added by the Coordinator
5% Please select a valid week from the list below 400 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO5 LO4
Assignment Individual Research Project
To be added by the Coordinator
50% Please select a valid week from the list below 4000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

Assessment summary

To be added by the Coordinator

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an exceptional standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 


75 - 84

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a very high standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


65 - 74

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a good standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


50 - 64

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 


0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

To be added by the Coordinator

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Identify, analyse and assess business law issues in given fact situations and real-world contexts.
  • LO2. Resolve legal problems by applying relevant law, evaluating appropriate solutions to legal problems, synthesizing information and developing arguments to support conclusions.
  • LO3. Demonstrate legal research skills by locating and selecting relevant sources using libraries, the web and other online research facilities.
  • LO4. Manage, analyse, evaluate and use legal materials and information.
  • LO5. Communicate to a professional standard using prescribed legal citation and referencing to directly support your analysis and conclusions.
  • LO6. Interact with people from diverse cultural backgrounds with inclusiveness, open-mindedness and integrity and work within group environments.
  • LO7. Apply ethical and professional approaches to your conduct both within and beyond the classroom

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

Adding ULO and assessments endorsed at the April UoS Subcommittee meeting (30/03/2021)


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