Environment and Planning Law Practice - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Assignment (20%) , Assignment 1 (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 4,320.00

This unit introduces two related areas of legal practice, environment and planning law. The unit addresses state, federal and international law relating to the environment and natural resources with a focus on regulation. The unit next addresses planning issues considering state and local authority regulation in relation to planning. The unit deals with relevant legislation and case law in the developing areas of environment and planning law and considers issues of environmental justice that arise in legal practice in these areas.

Upon successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of local and international obligations relating to the environment and natural resources and identify legal issues that arise in relation to this area
  2. apply the law relating to land use and development
  3. apply the law relating to preparation, administration and enforcement of planning instruments
  4. demonstrate an understanding of issues of environmental justice that arise in legal practice in these areas
  5. critically examine law reform options in these two related areas of law
  6. demonstrate an understanding of the role of planning law in designing urban environments.
  • Assignment (20%)
  • Assignment 1 (30%)
  • Open Book Invigilated Exam (50%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to Environmental Law
2Federalism and the Development of Environmental Law
3International Environmental Law and its Impact on Australian Law
4Basis Concepts and Principles of Environmental Law
5The Changing Regulatory Tools of Environmental Law
6Participation in Environmental Law
7Future Directions for Environmental Law
8Introduction to Planning Law
9The Victorian Planning Framework
10Planning Permits and Reviews
11Understanding the Planning/Environment Nexus

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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