Environmental Law and Ethics (ENVI3111)


This unit of study covers topics in environmental law and ethics. The environmental law component provides an overview of environmental and natural resource governance in Australia. We examine environmental regulation and governance at various levels of scalar analysis ¿ from international through to localised concerns. We consider topics associated with biodiversity conservation, protected areas, wetlands and heritage conservation and climate change. The course is designed to introduce students, with no background in law, to key concepts in environmental law and ethics. The aim of the Unit is to enable students to understand the broad principles of environmental law and ethics and to apply this understanding to contemporary environmental problems.

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Further unit of study information


Two 1 hour lectures and one 1 hour tutorial per week.


Essays, tutorial attendance, exam (100%) 

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12 credit points of Intermediate units



Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.