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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 for marine wildlife and biodiversity under international and Australian domestic law. There is a focus on contemporary issues such as illegal fishing, whaling in the Southern Oceans and the relationship between marine threatened species protection and shark control measures. This will include several case studies on these issues. The course also looks at the law and policy responses to human-created environmental threats to marine animals and the role of international trade law, multilateral institutions and trade agreements in the exploitation and protection of marine wildlife beyond state borders.

Unit content

1.       Threats to marine animals – pollution, exploitation and habitat destruction.

2.       Protection in Australian waters – marine reserves, species protection 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 studies on the law and politics of marine animal protection internationally and in Australian    waters – IUU fishing, whaling and shark control.

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

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: Intellectual rigour
  2. assess the objectives of the government policies, including protecting marine mammals, fish and birds, promoting economic growth, and trade
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  3. evaluate proposals to change current laws concerning marine animal protection
    • GA2: Creativity
  4. demonstrate skills in the research and presentation of argument in the field of marine animal protection law.
    • GA6: Communication and social skills