GEPL535 Environmental Planning and Administration

Updated: 18 February 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The paper-based exam will be held at an established exam venue, and coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award or permission of head of school
Co-requisites None
Restrictions GEPL335 or GEPL435 or LS325 or LS425
Notes None
Combined Units GEPL335 - Environmental Planning and Administration
Coordinator(s) Robyn Bartel (
Unit Description

This unit is an exploration of environmental and planning law for non-law students. It covers all levels of government and a wide range of issues including environmental planning and assessment, native title, ecologically sustainable development, pollution control, the court system, corruption commissions and alternative dispute resolution, the Constitution, statutory interpretation, administrative law, regulatory theory, ethical conduct and criminal and civil liability. The interaction between the law, environment, society and other social institutions is investigated and the efficacy of the law examined. Online access is essential.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a critical understanding of the Australian legal system and the legal framework of environmental and planning law and administration, including the Constitution and the court system, legal processes and doctrines such as statutory interpretation, precedent, native title, and the way power is distributed between the different arms of government
  2. demonstrate a comparative and critical understanding of legal approaches to development control, environmental assessment, ecologically sustainable development, pollution control, ethical conduct in the context of administrative decision-making, and dispute resolution in relation to the administration of planning law, including the role of the public, civil and criminal actions and remedies, corruption commissions and alternative dispute resolution;
  3. demonstrate a critical understanding of, and apply this understanding to critically evaluate, legal approaches to environmental and planning issues and the consequences for the environment, society and the law itself, including social, ethical, environmental and economic considerations;
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the nature of the legal system and the mechanism of the law as a tool of social control and behavioural change;
  5. demonstrate advanced problem solving abilities, analytical capacities and research, report writing, group participation, communication and critical thinking skills; and
  6. demonstrate an enduring curiosity and high capacity for continuing engagement in the field.