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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; Wildlife Conservation; Environmental Science and Management; Environmental Management; Environmental Geography and Planning major sequences
  • Level 3 option in the Human Geography and Planning major sequence
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.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Ms Linda Wilson
Unit rules
Enrolment in MJD-CONBI Conservation Biology or MJD-NRMGT Natural Resource Management or MJD-GGRPY Geographical Sciences or MJD-HGYPL Human Geography and Planning 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
Advisable prior study:
Advisable prior study: Level 2 units in any of: Human Geography and Planning, Natural Resource Management, Conservation Biology, Geographical Sciences, or similar fields of study.
Unit(s) PLNG2203 Environmental Policy and Planning
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 2 hours per week
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  • 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.