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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Ruth Lane


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: 30%
Examination (2 hours): 40%
Tutorial/practicals: 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Ruth Lane

Contact hours

Three hours per week on average (two 1-hour lectures each week and 2-hour tutorials spread across the semester)


ENV1011 and ENV1022