Environmental Legislation and Planning

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Environmental Legislation and Planning

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Environmental Design, Environmental Studies, Environmental Sustainability, Public Policy Studies, Social Ecology, Urban Studies and Planning

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Replacing Course(s)

    This course replaces the following course(s): ENVS2010. Students who have successfully completed ENVS2010 are not eligible to enrol in ENVS2002.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview


    The course considers Australian legal frameworks and international conventions, and their implications for environmental control. The course then turns its attention to examine the NSW environmental planning system of land use and development control, and the types of environmental assessments required to achieve a greater understanding of the environmental impacts of proposals. The course also examines a range of NSW environmental regulatory approaches and issues through topics and case studies selected from: terrestrial and marine protected areas, pollution control, sustainability, Native Title and Indigenous cultural heritage, biodiversity and threatened species, marine and fisheries, and resource management. The importance of sustainability and social values, public participation, and the precautionary principle for effective environmental legislation and planning is also addressed.

    Learning Outcomes

    1. Understand the legal framework that exists for environmental laws in the Commonwealth and NSW, including the role of international agreements

    2. Display an understanding of the NSW environmental planning system

    3. Identify and explain the constraints on development imposed by environmental planning and pollution control statutes, and have knowledge of the various types of environmental assessments that need to be undertaken

    4. Understand the frameworks of, and critically assess, key areas of NSW environmental regulation, such as threatened species and biodiversity, protected areas, resource management and cultural heritage


    Topics to be chosen from:

    Australian legal and political systems and their relation to environmental control;
    The role of international agreements for environmental law in Australia;
    Federal environmental legislation (EPBC Act);
    NSW land use planning system;
    NSW system of development control and environmental assessment;
    The role of public participation in planning;
    Command and control vs. market based mechanisms;
    Ecologically sustainable development and legislation;
    Threatened species and biodiversity;
    Pollution Control;
    Native title and cultural heritage legislation;
    Protected areas (marine & terrestrial);
    Aquatic/wetlands legislations;
    Conservation on private land;
    Marine and fisheries legislations;
    Resource management frameworks and regulation.

    Assessment Items

    Quiz: Online quiz

    Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Major Assignment/Case study

    Online Learning Activity: Online Discussion Board and face-to-face Tutorial

    Formal Examination: Formal examination

    Contact Hours


    Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


    Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.