Environmental and Planning Law (7907.4)
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|Canberra Law School||Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit|| Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan Social Work_Exclude 0905)
Band 5 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Understand the nature and sources of the law, its administration and interpretation;
2. Understand introductory Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Property Law and Law of Torts;
3. Understand the frameworks within which environmental legislation operates at the Local, State, National and International levels; and
4. Understand the operation of Environmental Law and the legal obligations of citizens in regard to environmental matters.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
2. UC graduates are global citizens - understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - be self-aware
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - evaluate and adopt new technology
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
This unit facilitates and nurtures student acquisition of all of the Graduate Attributes, although not all of them will be subject to examination in the assessment tasks of the unit.
Prerequisites4977 Introduction to Business Law OR 9523 Business Law and Ethics OR 6601 Legal Methods and Skills OR 7967 Introduction to Planning
Must have passed 24 credit points
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Prescribed texts –
Gerry Bates, Environmental Law in Australia (LexisNexis Butterworths, 9th ed, 2016) [abbr. "Bates"]
Camilla Taylor (ed), ACT Environmental Law Handbook (Environmental Defender's Office (ACT), 3rd ed, 2015) [abbr. "EDO Text"]
· This text CANNOT be purchased at the UC Coop Bookshop
· It can be acquired from the office of the Environmental Defenders Office (ACT), 1/14 Childers St, Canberra ACT 2601 (tel (02) 6243 3460). In the past the book was provided free of charge when one became a member of the EDO (ACT). You should consider membership/involvement of/in the EDO(ACT) because it could assist you to complete this unit and you could gain valuable experience).
Recommended texts –
P W Birnie, A E Boyle and C Redgwell, International Law and the Environment (Oxford University Press, 3rd ed, 2009)
Mandy Elliott, Environmental Impact Assessment in Australia - Theory and Practice (Federation Press, 6th ed, 2014)
David Farrier and Paul Stein, The Environmental Law Handbook – Planning and Land Use in NSW (Thomson-Reuters, 6th ed, 2015)
Rosemary Lyster, et al, Environmental & Planning Law in New South Wales (Federation Press, 4th ed, 2016)
Leslie A Stein, Principles of Planning Law (Oxford University Press, 2008)
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Assessment criteria may be found on the unit Canvas site.
Special assessment requirements
To obtain a pass in Environmental & Planning Law you must successfully complete each of the three assessment items, pass the end of semester examination and achieve a total mark of 50% or more.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
This unit is not set up as a distance or on-line learning unit. Students are expected to attend and participate in lectures and tutorials. Ideally, the prescribed reading for a topic should be done in advance of the lecture on that topic.
Required IT skills
The unit Moodle site is a crucial medium of communication for the unit and all assessment is to be submitted in electronic form. Students need basic computer, internet and word processing skills. If you feel that you lack these, or any other academic study skills, you should consult the Study Skills unit: http://www.canberra.edu.au/current-students/canberra-students/student-support/study-skills
It should be possible for you to complete this unit with the purchase only of stationery. Clearly your participation in the unit can be made much easier by –
- purchasing the prescribed text, instead of using a copy on three hour reserve in the library, and
- having access to computing facilities and the internet at home, instead of using only university computer labs.
Work placement, internships or practicums
This is not a WIL unit, however, experience through working or volunteering at an organisation with responsibilities in environmental areas will be extremely useful. The Environment Defenders Office (ACT), referred to above under 'Prescribed Text' is a community legal centre that helps members of the community with issues of Environmental & Planning Law. Many students in this unit have gained very valuable experience, and deeper insight into the topics of this unit, by joining and participating in the work of the EDO(ACT).
This Unit uses combined teaching. Your lectures will be combined with the parallel unit offered at a Graduate/PG level. However, there will be different tutorial groups and expectations of achievement in assessment tasks will be different to those in the Graduate/PG unit.