GEOG3303 Environmental Policy and Planning

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2AlbanyMulti-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Conservation Biology; Natural Resource Management; Human Geography and Planning major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit are Life and Health Sciences, Management and Commerce, Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
The past two decades have seen an increasing amount of attention given to the importance of environmental policy and planning in promoting a sustainable future for the planet. This unit considers environmental policy and planning in the context of Australia, exploring the role of government, business and community, the success or otherwise of policies and plans, and the contemporary issues that require policy and planning solutions. The unit also develops tools for policy and planning assessment. It is suited to students interested in careers in environmental management and planning.
Students are able to (1) appreciate the role of different tiers of government in Australian environmental policy and planning; (2) understand the role of different stakeholders in shaping policy and planning decision-making and outcomes; (3) understand how environmental policies and plans interact with social processes, economic development and the biophysical environment; and (4) develop basic skills in the analysis of environmental policies and plans and in the selection of the most appropriate policy tools to address particular environmental issues.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a policy brief; (2) a research report; and (3) a final two-hour examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Natasha Pauli
Unit rules
72 points of study
Advisable prior study:
Advisable prior study: Level 2 units in any of: Human Geography and Planning, Natural Resource Management, Conservation Biology, Geographical Sciences,
similar fields of study.
PLNG2203 Environmental Policy and Planning
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 2 hours per week
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