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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
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 elective

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 (25 per cent); (2) a research report (35 per cent); and (3) a final two-hour examination (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 Natasha Pauli
Unit rules
EART1105 The Dynamic Planet
or GEOG1102 Globalisation, Environment and Development (formerly EART1108 Globalisation, Environment and Development)
or GEOG1101 Geographies of Global Cities (formerly PLNG1101 Geographies of Global Cities)
ENVT2210 Environmental Policy and Law.
EART3304 Environmental Planning, Management and Sustainability.
EART8304 Environmental Planning, Management and Sustainability
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
tutorials: 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.