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ENV2011 - Environmental policy and management

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: To be advised


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


This unit is concerned with the theory and practice of environmental policy and management. Themes include the internationalisation of environmental policy, the rise of corporate environmentalism, native title and indigenous rights, and the importance of property rights. Methods of environmental management will be introduced, including environmental impact assessment, social impact assessment, state of the environment reporting, and public participation. Case studies will refer to biodiversity, forestry, climate change, and water resources.


To complete this unit students need to demonstrate an understanding of the social, political and bureaucratic underpinning of environmental policy-making and environmental management, recognise the importance of maintaining and extending disciplinary perspectives on environmental policy and management; be familiar with case studies which help to explain the complex nature of the evolution and implementation of environmental policies in various national and international settings, appreciate both the contributions and the limitations of science in the context of environmental policy and management; understand the characteristics and role of methods and techniques that are used in the context of environmental management and decision making and be aware of the distinction between environmental managerialism and environmental management.


Essay (2000 words): 45%
4 Tutorial/practical assignments (1000 words): 20%
Examination (2 hours): 35%

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures per week and one 1-hour practical every two weeks


ENV1011 and ENV1022