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LAWS8055 – Environmental Law and Sustainable Development

2021 – Session 1, Intensive attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Michelle Lim
Contact via Communication with staff for all Law courses should be conducted via iLearn.
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
(Admission to JD and 80cp in LAWS or LAW units above 6000 level) or (admission to LLM or MSusDev or M Env)
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
LAWS5060
Unit description Unit description

This unit introduces students to the specialised and burgeoning area of environmental law on both the national and international stage. It evaluates the effectiveness of current environmental law in the context of ongoing and emerging challenges. The unit adopts a multidisciplinary perspective to help augment understanding of the complexity of environmental challenges and enhance the analysis of relevant legislation and case law.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Identify and analyse the major global and Australian environmental challenges.
  • ULO2: Identify and critique key ethical and interdisciplinary perspectives on the environment and the relevance of different aspects of jurisprudential and legal theory that underlie environmental law including ecologically sustainable development and environmental justice
  • ULO3: Analyse the interaction of environmental law at multiple governance scales and the role of contextual factors.
  • ULO4: Critically analyse and evaluate different forms of environmental regulation and their suitability to regulate current and future sustainability challenges.

General Assessment Information

Late Submission Penalty

Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – two (2) marks out of 100 will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted more than seven (7) days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline. No late submissions will be accepted for timed assessments – e.g. quizzes, online tests.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Analytical Research Essay 40% No Saturday 11:55pm, Week 7
Take home assessment 40% No 9am-1pm 17 June
In class participation 20% No Weeks 1-12, in class.

Analytical Research Essay

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 35 hours
Due: Saturday 11:55pm, Week 7
Weighting: 40%

Students will prepare a research essay that analyses a topic of environmental law.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Identify and analyse the major global and Australian environmental challenges.
  • Identify and critique key ethical and interdisciplinary perspectives on the environment and the relevance of different aspects of jurisprudential and legal theory that underlie environmental law including ecologically sustainable development and environmental justice
  • Critically analyse and evaluate different forms of environmental regulation and their suitability to regulate current and future sustainability challenges.

Take home assessment

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: 9am-1pm 17 June
Weighting: 40%

Students will submit responses to questions based on a hypothetical scenario


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Identify and analyse the major global and Australian environmental challenges.
  • Analyse the interaction of environmental law at multiple governance scales and the role of contextual factors.

In class participation

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Weeks 1-12, in class.
Weighting: 20%

Students will prepare and participate in relevant discussion and problem solving tasks during tutorials


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Identify and critique key ethical and interdisciplinary perspectives on the environment and the relevance of different aspects of jurisprudential and legal theory that underlie environmental law including ecologically sustainable development and environmental justice
  • Analyse the interaction of environmental law at multiple governance scales and the role of contextual factors.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Weekly tutorial questions and other information about the unit will also be communicated through iLearn. Students will be required to use a computer to interact with online research databases and web-based research tools. This unit's iLearn page will contain multimedia content to facilitate learning. All students need access to a secure and reliable server for access to iLearn and submission of assessment tasks.

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Results

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