Unit description

The aim of this unit is to help students to develop 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 sort 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 and equity Reasoned debate, exchange of views and presentational skills Competent delivery of succinct information

Unit content

  • What is Environmental policy – how does this differ from Natural Resource Policy?   How is policy developed?
  • Policy at different scales – key attributes and challenges.
  • Water Policy – functions and challenges
  • Water Policy in Australia – The Murray Darling Basin
  • Global Climate policy: why is it needed?
  • Clean energy futures
  • Land use policy
  • public holiday
  • International Forest policy
  • Forest policy in Australia
  • Policy to support biodiversity
  • 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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

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Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


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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