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ENVI2122: Environmental Governance and Assessment

2024 unit information

ENVI2122 Environmental Governance and Assessment introduces students to the legal, economic and impact assessment tools that play an important role in regulating human impacts on the environment. This unit builds on conceptual understandings of the environment, environmental issues and critical thought developed in first year to explore environmental regulation in an Australian context. It navigates environmental and ecological economic thought and connects this to impacts. In the latter part of the semester the concept of impact assessment is introduced to build on the legal and economic knowledge and investigate the history, strengths, weaknesses and potential of various forms of assessment to achieve improved environmental outcomes.

Unit details and rules

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Geosciences Academic Operations

Code ENVI2122
Academic unit Geosciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
GEOS1X01 or GEOS1X02
Assumed knowledge:

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

  • LO1. To acquire an understanding of approaches to environmental governance, with an introduction to Australian environmental law.
  • LO2. To understand the key tenets of and differences between various environmental and ecological economic theories.
  • LO3. To learn the history, rationale and key steps in various forms of impact assessment.
  • LO4. To synthesize and critique various legal, economic and assessment approaches and practices.
  • LO5. To evaluate various scenarios and ascertain which legal, economic and impact assessment processes may produce desirable environmental outcomes.
  • LO6. To communicate environmental studies knowledge developed in this unit and relate it to professional career prospects.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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