OnlineStudy Period 1Study Period 1

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Study Period 1

  • 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

Online (intensive)

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

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