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Unit Overview


The unit aims to give a clear understanding of:

  • The meaning of sustainability and the principles that underpin sustainability law and policy;
  • The sustainability objectives of mining and petroleum development approvals and regulation in Western Australia; and
  • The climate change, human rights, ocean and corporate governance aspects of sustainability law and policy.
6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate substantial knowledge of the meaning of sustainability, the development of sustainability law and policy in Australia and the applicable laws and principles

; (2) communicate and justify to specialist and non-specialist audiences why sustainability in resource development requires specialised regulatory and legal solutions and the theoretical propositions and methodologies that underpin those solutions

; (3) critically analyse those solutions, identify issues and solve problems involving sustainability questions, taking into account social and economic policy

; and (4) locate, synthesise and analyse material from primary and secondary sources to critically consider and discuss problems of sustainability in resource development.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) introductory exercise; (2) memorandum of advice; and (3) research essay. 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)
John Chandler
Unit rules
Approved quota: 30—the quota will be filled on a first come, first serve.
Contact hours
This unit will run intensively 3-5 April 2024. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.
  • 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.