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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Pre-requisites

192 credit points in any SCU units

Unit aim

Develops an understanding of the need for environmental and natural resource policy, the process by which such policy is developed, and the constraints facing policy makers. In such a short unit, it is only possible to investigate a selection of natural resource policies, full coverage of all policies will not be possible in the time allowed. In particular, this unit will assist students to develop the following skills and values:

  • conceptual understanding of the importance of environmental policy
  • using language appropriate to the profession
  • written communication
  • sustainability
  • reasoned debate, exchange of views and presentation skills.

Unit content

  • Policy foundations – environmental and natural resource policy
  • How is policy developed? Policy at different scales – key attributes and challenges
  • Forest policy in Australia and internationally
  • Land use policy
  • Policy to support biodiversity
  • Marine policy and the oceans
  • Energy policy
  • Property rights
  • Global climate policy: why is it needed?
  • Policy integration and wrap up

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 understand the objectives of environmental and natural resource policy in the context of ecological, economic and socially sustainable development Intellectual rigour Creativity Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning Communication and social skills Cultural competence
2 appreciate the differences between policies at different spatial scales (local, state, federal, and global) Intellectual rigour Creativity Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills Cultural competence
3 develop an overview of current environmental and natural resource policies in Australia Intellectual rigour Creativity Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills Cultural competence
4 critically evaluate current policies in a variety of natural resource sectors Intellectual rigour Creativity Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills Cultural competence
5 understand the role of Australia in international environmental policies. Intellectual rigour Creativity Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills Cultural competence

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. understand the objectives of environmental and natural resource policy in the context of ecological, economic and socially sustainable development
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  2. appreciate the differences between policies at different spatial scales (local, state, federal, and global)
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  3. develop an overview of current environmental and natural resource policies in Australia
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  4. critically evaluate current policies in a variety of natural resource sectors
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  5. understand the role of Australia in international environmental policies.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.