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LAWS3430: Environmental Law

2024 unit information

This unit will provide a framework for understanding contemporary environmental issues, outline the sources of environmental law and provide an overview of the different approaches to both global and domestic environmental regulation before examining a range of topical areas, including climate change, water management, mining , pollution control, waste management, environmental planning, development control and environmental impact assessment. Overarching themes will include the implications of state sovereignty for global environmental protection, the challenges of giving effect to the principles of environmentally sustainable development through legal structures and processes, the effects of scientific uncertainty on environmental regulation, and the importance of public participation for making the value judgements required in environmental governance.

Unit details and rules

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Code LAWS3430
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

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

  • LO1. understand and utilise a range of perspectives from Indigenous peoples, science, economics and the social sciences in order to understand the nature of environmental problems, the sources of environmental law, ethical issues arising in the context of environmental law and the different approaches to environmental regulation
  • LO2. critically evaluate the influence of international environmental law on the development of Australian environmental law
  • LO3. identify, interpret and apply the content of environmental principles and explain the role of these principles in the evolution of environmental law
  • LO4. understand, analyse and appraise the framework and operation of laws relating to climate change, pollution control, water management, waste management, coal and CSG mining, environmental planning, development control and environmental impact assessment
  • LO5. research, critically analyse and develop arguments in relation to topical environmental issues, and communicate those arguments in a balanced and scholarly manner.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2024
Normal evening Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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