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Unit description

Introduces students to the writings of a number of authors surrounding the current reconceptualisation of nature within the legal sphere. Students will engage with environmental policies and regulations situated in diverse philosophical frameworks. Furthermore, students will analyse a series of fundamental key case studies in the field.

Unit content

Topic 1 Nature and natures 
Topic 2 Eco-literacy 
Topic 3 Sustainability 
Topic 4 History of environmental ethics 
Topic 5 Earth Jurisprudence and Wild Law 
Topic 6 Rights of nature: a contemporary overview 
Topic 7 Policies, regulations, resistances 
Topic 8 Cultural and intercultural perspectives

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
1identify the central concerns of both traditional environmental law and contemporary ecological jurisprudenceIntellectual rigour
2critically reflect upon the philosophical assumptions that inform the conceptualisation of nature and of human interactions with itCreativity
3identify and evaluate the ethical frameworks that inform environmental regulation and policyIntellectual rigourEthical practice
4critically evaluate the relationship between social justice, environmental sustainability and lawCreativityEthical practice
5apply ethical and philosophical insights to all environmental decision-making contextsEthical practice

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

  1. identify the central concerns of both traditional environmental law and contemporary ecological jurisprudence
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  2. critically reflect upon the philosophical assumptions that inform the conceptualisation of nature and of human interactions with it
    • GA2: Creativity
  3. identify and evaluate the ethical frameworks that inform environmental regulation and policy
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
  4. critically evaluate the relationship between social justice, environmental sustainability and law
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA3: Ethical practice
  5. apply ethical and philosophical insights to all environmental decision-making contexts
    • GA3: Ethical practice

Prescribed texts

  • Students can purchase the Paperback or Electronic Book Text: Cullinan, C, 2011, Wild Law: A Manifesto for Earth Justice, 2nd edn, Green Books. ISBN: 9781900322904, 9780857840295, 9780857840301 or 9780857841476.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 4 hours (4 days)
Assessment
Participation and class room activity40%
Essay60%
Notice

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Fee information

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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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