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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

Pre-requisites

96 credit points in any SCU units

Unit aim

This course covers legal protections of marine wildlife and biodiversity under international, Australian and U.S. law. There will be a focus on attempts to prevent whaling, particularly in the Southern Ocean. Another aspect of the course will be an analysis of the limits to protection imposed by international trade law, and the course will also consider legal and policy responses to human-created environmental threats to marine animal life. Finally, the class will explore development issues and the role of multilateral institutions and trade agreements in both the exploitation and protection of marine wildlife.

Unit content

  1. Threats to marine animals - pollution, exploitation and habitat destruction.
  2. Protection in Australian waters
    • marine reserves and species and threat management.
  3. International treaty law and institutions.
  4. Delimitation of maritime boundaries.
  5. Primary Australian legislation for the protection of marine animals
  6. The role of policy in the protection of marine animals.
  7. Case study in the law and politics of marine animal protection and Japan's scientific whaling in the southern oceans Humane Society International Inc v Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha Ltd [2008] FCA 3
  8. Further case studies on marine animal protection litigation.

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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 identify and analyse the laws, treaties, and conventions seeking to protect marine animals
2 assess the objectives of the government policies, including protecting marine mammals, fish and birds, promoting economic growth, and trade
3 evaluate proposals to change current laws concerning marine animal protection
4 demonstrate skills in the research and presentation of argument in the field of marine animal protection law.

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

  1. identify and analyse the laws, treaties, and conventions seeking to protect marine animals
    • GA1:
  2. assess the objectives of the government policies, including protecting marine mammals, fish and birds, promoting economic growth, and trade
    • GA1:
  3. evaluate proposals to change current laws concerning marine animal protection
    • GA2:
  4. demonstrate skills in the research and presentation of argument in the field of marine animal protection law.
    • GA6: