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Unit Overview


This unit covers a broad range of topics of relevance to students from diverse backgrounds with a shared interest in the sustainable use of the coastline and our marine resources. The field of marine and coastal planning and management covers issues such as the theory and practice of integrated coastal zone management, institutions and tools in marine planning and the ability of managers to use these in order to contend with past and present impacts of human activities on coastal environments. The unit commences with an introduction to coastal zone planning and management, identifying the components of integrated coastal zone management and its relevance, and using exemplars from overseas to illustrate current developments in Australia. Reflecting the potential range of impacts on the coastline associated with climate change, the unit moves on to examine the nature of management responses to this threat in selected countries and in a detailed Australian context. Particular attention is directed towards the planning and implementation of marine protected areas as a conservation tool and the conflicts associated with these developments. The unit adopts a twin-track approach, with attention being given to the theory and practice of planning and management throughout.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) understand the pressures facing local, national and international marine and coastal systems; (2) understand the need for an integrated approach to marine planning and management; (3) appreciate the complexity of the institutions empowered with responsibility for marine planning and management; (4) apply these to the analysis of specific issues and case studies of significance to marine planning and management; and (5) critically evaluate the processes employed in the delivery of coastal planning and management activities.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) an essay focusing on the theoretical background to integrated coastal zone management (25 per cent); (2) a learning portfolio based on critical analysis of key readings (35 per cent); and (3) a group project examining a specific aspect of coastal planning and management (40 per cent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Julian Clifton
Unit rules
SCIE4402 Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences
or completion of 12 points at Level 4 or equivalent or higher,
or approval of unit coordinator
EART3331 Marine and Coastal Planning and Management.
EART8331 Marine and Coastal Planning and Management
Contact hours
3 hours per week (the total workload for the unit is 150 hours)
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