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Gold CoastSession 1Session 1
LismoreSession 1Session 1
OnlineSession 1N/A

Unit description

Encompasses environmental laws of planning and pollution control, as well as laws dealing with land and nature conservation. Provides insights into government practice and policy with respect to the environment.

Unit content

Topics to be covered during this unit will include:

Topic 1 The conceptual context of environmental law
Topic 2 The role of the Commonwealth
Topic 3 Planning law
Topic 4 Developmental control
Topic 5 Environmental impact assessment
Topic 6 Pollution law
Topic 7 Biodiversity
Topic 8 Heritage law

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1apply to any given factual problem the existing legal framework, which deals with planning, development, pollution, conservation, heritage and environmental impact assessmentIntellectual rigourEthical practiceKnowledge of a discipline
2describe in discussion or in a written format the division of environmental responsibilities between the three levels of government - federal, state and localKnowledge of a discipline
3describe in discussion or in a written format important concepts in environmental law, and the changing conceptual context of environmental lawEthical practiceKnowledge of a discipline
4demonstrate an understanding of the various techniques of environmental dispute resolution, and their advantages and disadvantagesKnowledge of a discipline
5demonstrate an understanding of the interrelationship between Aboriginal cultural heritage and environmental lawKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
6provide legal advice on a real life problem which raises environmental legal issues.Intellectual rigourCreativityKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learningCommunication and social skills

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

  1. apply to any given factual problem the existing legal framework, which deals with planning, development, pollution, conservation, heritage and environmental impact assessment
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. describe in discussion or in a written format the division of environmental responsibilities between the three levels of government - federal, state and local
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. describe in discussion or in a written format important concepts in environmental law, and the changing conceptual context of environmental law
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the various techniques of environmental dispute resolution, and their advantages and disadvantages
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. demonstrate an understanding of the interrelationship between Aboriginal cultural heritage and environmental law
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  6. provide legal advice on a real life problem which raises environmental legal issues.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 2 hours (Weeks 1,2,4,7,8,10,12 &13)
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Essay50%
Exam: open book50%

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 2 hours (Weeks 1,2,4,7,8,10,12 & 13)
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Essay50%
Exam: open book50%

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Structured online learning 1 hour (12 weeks)
Assessment
Essay50%
Exam: open book50%
Notice

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

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
For information regarding Student Contribution Amounts please visit the Student Contribution Amounts.
Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 3

Fee paying courses
For POSTGRADUATE or UNDERGRADUATE full fee paying courses please check Domestic Postgraduate Fees OR Domestic Undergraduate Fees

International

Please check the international course and fee list to determine the relevant fees.

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