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Environmental and Planning Law (11264.1)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 3
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra Law School


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Theoretical and Historical Aspects; International Environmental Law; Federal, State and Territory administration; Common Law; Environmental Impact Assessment; Land Use Planning; Nature Conservation; Heritage Protection; Pollution Discharge; Environmental Appeals and Litigation; Reform of Environmental & Planning Law.

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this unit will:

1. Understand the nature and sources of the law, its administration and interpretation generally, and specifically the law relating to environmental protection and land use planning;

2. Understand relevant aspects of Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Property Law and Law of Tort at an introductory level;

3. Understand the frameworks within which environmental and planning legislation operates at the Local, State/Territory, National and International levels;

4. Be able to explain the key areas of environmental and planning law: a. Common Law protections, b. Environmental aspects of Planning Law, c. Environmental Impact Assessment, d. Preservation of heritage, e. Conservation of nature, f. Environmental discharge licensing systems and g. Compare and contrast the ways in which they may be enforced;

5. Be able to apply the key areas of environmental and planning law to factual case studies in the area; and

6. Be able to reflect critically on the operation of environmental and planning law, the legal responsibilities of citizens in regard to environmental matters and directions for reform of this area of law in light of the environmental challenges of today.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

One 3 hour seminar on campus per week.


Must have passed 24 credit points of university study.



Assumed Knowledge


Equivalent Units

7907 Environmental and Planning Law

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