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Unit description

Develops an understanding of the need for environmental and natural resource policy, the process by which such policy is developed, and the constraints facing policy makers. In such a short unit, it is only possible to investigate a selection of natural resource policies, full coverage of all policies will not be possible in the time allowed. In particular, this unit will assist students to develop the following skills and values: conceptual understanding of the importance of environmental policy using language appropriate to the profession written communication sustainability reasoned debate, exchange of views and presentation skills.

Unit content

  • Policy foundations – environmental and natural resource policy
  • How is policy developed? Policy at different scales – key attributes and challenges
  • Forest policy in Australia and internationally
  • Land use policy
  • Policy to support biodiversity
  • Marine policy and the oceans
  • Energy policy
  • Property rights
  • Global climate policy: why is it needed?
  • Policy integration and wrap up

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1understand the objectives of environmental and natural resource policy in the context of ecological, economic and socially sustainable development
2appreciate the differences between policies at different spatial scales (local, state, federal, and global)
3develop an overview of current environmental and natural resource policies in Australia
4critically evaluate current policies in a variety of natural resource sectors
5understand the role of Australia in international environmental policies.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. understand the objectives of environmental and natural resource policy in the context of ecological, economic and socially sustainable development
  2. appreciate the differences between policies at different spatial scales (local, state, federal, and global)
  3. develop an overview of current environmental and natural resource policies in Australia
  4. critically evaluate current policies in a variety of natural resource sectors
  5. understand the role of Australia in international environmental policies.

Prescribed texts

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information

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