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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Former School/College

Former School of Law and Justice

Unit aim

Examines the crucial role of local government in relation to environmental decision-making, and its powers and functions generally. It provides a comprehensive grasp of planning laws within New South Wales, and provides a critical perspective on these laws. Local government has significant powers over the environment, and additional delegated authority under the Local Government Act 1993.

Unit content

Topic 1: The planning regime: 'Who decides what in planning law?'
Topic 2: Approval process
Topic 3: Appeals
Topic 4: Enforcement role of local government
Topic 5: Modification of consents and planning instruments continuing and existing use rights
Topic 6: The role and responsibilities of local government
Topic 7: Honesty and disclosure of interests
Topic 8: Funding for councils
Topic 9: Local government functions Part 1: Regulatory and service functions
Topic 10: Local government functions Part 2: Environmental management

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 describe the way in which environmental planning instruments are made Knowledge of a discipline
2 demonstrate an understanding of the application of environmental planning instruments to an existing or proposed development on an area of land Knowledge of a discipline
3 critically evaluate the existing system of planning and emerging challenges Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills
4 demonstrate knowledge of the constitution and structure of local government Knowledge of a discipline
5 analyse and apply in any given factual situation the law with respect to the processes of local government decision-making Creativity Knowledge of a discipline
6 evaluate the process of obtaining approval for an activity from local government Creativity Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills
7 effectively conduct legal research, critical analysis and the written presentation of research and argument. Communication and social skills

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

  1. describe the way in which environmental planning instruments are made
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the application of environmental planning instruments to an existing or proposed development on an area of land
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. critically evaluate the existing system of planning and emerging challenges
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  4. demonstrate knowledge of the constitution and structure of local government
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. analyse and apply in any given factual situation the law with respect to the processes of local government decision-making
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  6. evaluate the process of obtaining approval for an activity from local government
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  7. effectively conduct legal research, critical analysis and the written presentation of research and argument.
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • Lyster, R, Lipman, Z, Franklin, N, Wiffen, G, & Pearson, L, 2012, Environmental and Planning Law in New South Wales, 3rd edn, The Federation Press, Sydney. ISBN: 978 186287 852 5.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.