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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2OnlineOnline timetabled
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Conservation Biology; Geographical Sciences; Applied Human Geography; Wildlife Conservation; Environmental Science and Management; Environmental Management; Environmental Geography and Planning; Geographical and Spatial Science major sequences

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) demonstrate understanding of how environmental policies and plans interact with social processes, economic development and the biophysical environment; and (4) develop skills in the collaborative 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.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Natasha Pauli
Unit rules
Enrolment in
MJD-CONBI Conservation Biology
or MJD-NRMGT Natural Resource Management
or MJD-GGRPY Geographical Sciences
or MJD-GSSCI Geographical and Spatial Science
or MJD-HGYPL Human Geography and Planning
or MJD-APHGY Applied Human Geography
or MJD-WLCDM Wildlife Conservation
or MJD-ENVDM Environmental Science and Management
or MJD-ENVMT Environmental Management
or MJD-ENGEO Environmental Geography and Planning
or MNR-SAPEP Science and Policy: Environmental Planning
or MNR-SPCEU Science and Policy: Climate Change, Environmental Planning and Urban Environments
or MNR-ENVST Understanding the Environment
and Successful completion of
72 points in your chosen degree
Unit(s) PLNG2203 Environmental Policy and Planning
Advisable prior study
GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems Level 2 units in any of: Human Geography and Planning, Environmental Management, Conservation Biology, Geographical Sciences,
or similar fields of study.
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
workshop/practical classes: 2 hours per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.