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Unit description

Examines the crucial role of local government in relation to environmental decision-making, and its powers and functions generally. It provides a comprehensive grasp of planning laws within New South Wales, and provides a critical perspective on these laws. Local government has significant powers over the environment, and additional delegated authority under the Local Government Act 1993.

Unit content

Topic 1: The planning regime: 'Who decides what in planning law?'
Topic 2: Approval process
Topic 3: Appeals
Topic 4: Enforcement role of local government
Topic 5: Modification of consents and planning instruments continuing and existing use rights
Topic 6: The role and responsibilities of local government
Topic 7: Honesty and disclosure of interests
Topic 8: Funding for councils
Topic 9: Local government functions Part 1: Regulatory and service functions
Topic 10: Local government functions Part 2: Environmental management

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:
1describe the way in which environmental planning instruments are made
2demonstrate an understanding of the application of environmental planning instruments to an existing or proposed development on an area of land
3critically evaluate the existing system of planning and emerging challenges
4demonstrate knowledge of the constitution and structure of local government
5analyse and apply in any given factual situation the law with respect to the processes of local government decision-making
6evaluate the process of obtaining approval for an activity from local government
7effectively conduct legal research, critical analysis and the written presentation of research and argument.

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

  1. describe the way in which environmental planning instruments are made
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the application of environmental planning instruments to an existing or proposed development on an area of land
  3. critically evaluate the existing system of planning and emerging challenges
  4. demonstrate knowledge of the constitution and structure of local government
  5. analyse and apply in any given factual situation the law with respect to the processes of local government decision-making
  6. evaluate the process of obtaining approval for an activity from local government
  7. effectively conduct legal research, critical analysis and the written presentation of research and argument.

Prescribed texts

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

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Structured online learning 1 hour (12 weeks)
Assessment
Essay40%
Exam: open book60%
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