LAWS13024 - Law and the Environment

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Law and the Environment provides a basic grounding in the context and main sources of environmental law in Australia, together with the major State and Commonwealth legislative regimes that collectively comprise Australia's system of environmental regulation. You will study the basic structure and function of the Australian legal system and undertake analysis of key environmental issues. By analysing case studies, you will learn to identify the types of legal problems commonly encountered in environment-related activities. Finally, you will examine the litigation process and dispute resolution procedures.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Anti-requisite LAWS11046.

Students seeking credit for LAWS13024 Laws and the Environment based on having passed LAWS11046 will have their requests approved by the Head of Course based on the fact that LAWS11046 was taught at AQF level 7 even though it was not labelled as such. This will be evidenced by the archived LAWS11046 moodle sites and this proposal.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2022

Term 1 - 2023 Profile
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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 25%
2. Written Assessment 25%
3. Practical Assessment 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 50.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 25.00% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: SUTE Teacher Evaluations
Feedback
Rating of exceptional for teaching with clear and knowledgeable explanations and passion and enthusiasm for the discipline
Recommendation
To maintain the focus on the importance of the protection of the environment and the beneficial application of evidence-based environmental policy and law
Action Taken
Referenced more contemporary environmental caselaw that illustrated evidenced based policy was important for sound environmental legislation
Source: SUTE Teacher Evaluations
Feedback
Challenged me to think and question
Recommendation
To continue to make tutorial sessions based on practical and contemporary environmental legal issues
Action Taken
Incorporated specific environmental cases as the basis for tutorial tasks requiring the practical application of regulatory frameworks under designated environmental legislation
Source: SUTE Teacher Evaluations
Feedback
Encouraged students to interact
Recommendation
Provide additional podcasts as a pre-briefing to weekly tutorial sessions
Action Taken
Done
Source: Student feedback during classes
Feedback
The textbook is quite dense
Recommendation
To assist students in textbook readings, the more important parts of relevant chapters can be highlighted.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback during classes
Feedback
Students wanted early release of assessments
Recommendation
To provide timely progressive release of the assessment tasks to assist students in their study plans
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the basic structure, institutions, key functions and processes of the Australian legal systems within which environmental law operates
  2. Analyse major topics and key issues such as environmental property rights, access to and management of the environment, environmental protection measures and environmental litigation with reference to the relevant sources of legal authority
  3. Reflect on the types of legal problems and issues likely to be embedded in commonly encountered environment-related activities
  4. Explain the environmental law litigation process and alternative dispute resolution procedures.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment