Faculty of Business and Economics

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Organisational UnitDepartment of Business Law and Taxation
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2015 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2015 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Mr Wayne Gumley


This unit assists students to understand the regulatory framework supporting a transition to ecologically sustainable development in Australia, including an introduction to the Australian legal system and the role of international law, key principles of common law and relevant statutory schemes for protection of biodiversity, and regulation of pollution, urban and regional planning, environmental impact assessment and regulatory responses to climate change.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. identify and understand the regulatory framework supporting a transition to ecologically sustainable development in Australia
  2. identify and analyse the application of the principles of ecologically sustainable at common law and under statutory regimes
  3. understand the environmental responsibilities of industry and business managers in local and global transactions.


Within semester assessment: 60%
Examination: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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