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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

Introduces students to the writings of a number of authors surrounding the current reconceptualisation of nature within the legal sphere. Students will engage with environmental policies and regulations situated in diverse philosophical frameworks. Furthermore, students will analyse a series of fundamental key case studies in the field.

Unit content

Topic 1 Nature and natures 
Topic 2 Eco-literacy 
Topic 3 Sustainability 
Topic 4 History of environmental ethics 
Topic 5 Earth Jurisprudence and Wild Law 
Topic 6 Rights of nature: a contemporary overview 
Topic 7 Policies, regulations, resistances 
Topic 8 Cultural and intercultural perspectives

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 the central concerns of both traditional environmental law and contemporary ecological jurisprudence
2 critically reflect upon the philosophical assumptions that inform the conceptualisation of nature and of human interactions with it
3 identify and evaluate the ethical frameworks that inform environmental regulation and policy
4 critically evaluate the relationship between social justice, environmental sustainability and law
5 apply ethical and philosophical insights to all environmental decision-making contexts

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

  1. identify the central concerns of both traditional environmental law and contemporary ecological jurisprudence
    • GA1:
  2. critically reflect upon the philosophical assumptions that inform the conceptualisation of nature and of human interactions with it
    • GA2:
  3. identify and evaluate the ethical frameworks that inform environmental regulation and policy
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
  4. critically evaluate the relationship between social justice, environmental sustainability and law
    • GA2:
    • GA3:
  5. apply ethical and philosophical insights to all environmental decision-making contexts
    • GA3:

Prescribed texts

  • Students can purchase the Paperback or Electronic Book Text: Cullinan, C, 2011, Wild Law: A Manifesto for Earth Justice, 2nd edn, Green Books. ISBN: 9781900322904, 9780857840295, 9780857840301 or 9780857841476.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.