Environmental Science and Law

Units of study table

The table lists the units of study available within this degree. Other units are possible with the permission of the Director of Environmental Science.
Note: Law units of study are taught in intensive mode. Units offered change from time to time. Contact the Faculty of Law for a complete and up to date list.

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session
Students must complete 24 credit points Science units (capstone and elective) and 24 credit points of Law units (core and elective).
Core Unit
LAWS6044
Environmental Law and Policy
6    A LAWS6252 or law degree from a common law jurisdiction


Environmental Law students must complete LAWS6252 and this core unit prior to enrolling in other law elective units.
Int August
Int March
Additional Core Unit: Science Background
LAWS6252 is compulsory for students without a background in law.
LAWS6252
Legal Reasoning & the Common Law System
6    N LAWS6881


International students who are required to enrol in this unit must undertake classes during the first week of their study. Health Law and Public Health students should enrol in LAWS6881 Introduction to Law for Health Professionals in lieu of LAWS6252, if available. This unit is not available to MLawIntDev students who have been granted a reduced volume of learning. Students must attend all classes on the timetabled dates as prescribed for their enrolled session/group. An Absent Fail grade may be granted to students who fail to attend the correct session/group.
Int April
Int August
Int March
Int Sept
Capstone Unit: Master's Coursework Pathway Only
RESP5001 is compulsory for students in the master's coursework pathway.
RESP5001
Integrated Environmental Practice
6      Semester 1
Semester 2
Project Unit: Master's Research Pathway Only
ENVI5501 is compulsory for students in the master's research pathway.
ENVI5501
Environmental Research Project
12    P 24 credit points of study with a distinction average or better
Semester 1
Semester 2
Elective Units
Science background coursework pathway students need to complete 18 credit points of Science elective units and 12 credit points of Law elective units.
Science background research pathway students need to complete 12 credit points of Science elective units and 12 credit points of Law elective units.
Law background coursework pathway students need to complete 18 credit points of Science elective units and 18 credit points of Law elective units.
Law background research pathway students need to complete 12 credit points of Science elective units and 18 credit points of Law elective units.
Science Elective Units
AFNR5801, ENVI5705, ENVI5707, ENVI5708 and ENVI5801 are highly recommended.
AFNR5801
Climate Change: Process, History, Issues
6    A A basic understanding of climate change processes and issues.
Semester 2
ENVI5705
Ecological Principles
6      Semester 1
ENVI5707
Energy - Sources, Uses and Alternatives
6    A A basic understanding of HSC-level General Mathematics or equivalent.
Semester 2
ENVI5708
Introduction to Environmental Chemistry
6      Semester 1
ENVI5801
Social Science of Environment
6      Semester 1
ENVI5809
Environmental Simulation Modelling
6      Semester 2a
ENVI5903
Sustainable Development
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Int July
ENVI5904
Methods in Applied Ecology
6      Semester 2
GEOG5001
Geographic Information Science A
6      Semester 1
GEOS5501
Human Rights and the Environment
6      Semester 2
MARS5007
Coral Reefs and Climate Change
6      Semester 1a
WILD5001
Australasian Wildlife: Introduction
6      Int August
WILD5002
Australasian Wildlife: Field Studies
6      Int Sept
Law Elective Units
LAWS6043
Environmental Impact Assessment Law
6      Int May
LAWS6045
Environmental Planning Law
6      Int August
LAWS6047
Law of the Sea
6      Int June
LAWS6061
International Environmental Law
6   

Students seeking further study in international environmental law may undertake LAWS6922 Advanced International Environmental Law.
Int May
LAWS6163
Energy and Climate Law
6    N LAWS6863


The unit replaced LAWS6163 International & Australian Climate Law (formerly Energy Law).
Int October
LAWS6191
Water Law and Climate Change
6   

This unit replaced LAWS6191 Water Law
Int November
LAWS6314
Coastal and Marine Law
6      Int October
LAWS6320
Climate Disaster Law
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Int July
LAWS6936
Carbon Trading, Derivatives and Taxation
6      Int May