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ENVI2922: Environmental Governance and Assessment (Adv)

ENVI2922 Environmental Governance and Assessment (Advanced) introduces students to the legal, economic and impact assessment tools involved in regulating human impacts on the environment and asks students to apply them in relation to an actual environmental issue in Australia. Building on conceptual understandings of the environment, environmental issues and critical thought developed in first year, students navigate 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.

Code ENVI2922
Academic unit Geosciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
A mark of 75 or above in (GEOS1X01 or GEOS1X02)

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.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.