Environmental Science and Law

Units of study table

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Environmental Science and Law

Master of Environmental Science and Law

Students must complete 72 credit points, including:
(a) 18 credit points of core units of study;
(i) All students must complete LAWS6044 - Environmental Law and Policy, LAWS6252 - Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System, and either
(ii) RESP5001 - Integrated Environmental Practice; or
(iii) all of ENVI5502 - Environmental Research Project A, and ENVI5503 - Environmental Research Project B, and ENVI5504 - Environmental Research Project C; and
(b) 18 credit points of Environmental Science core units of study; and
(c) 18 credit points of Environmental Law core units of study; and
(d) 18 credit points of units of study selected from the remaining core units of study or elective units of study
Core
LAWS6044
Environmental Law and Policy
6    A LAWS6252 or law degree from a common law jurisdiction
N LAWS3430 or LAWS5130


Students who do not hold a law degree from a common law jurisdiction must either have completed or be concurrently enrolled in LAWS6252 Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System before undertaking the environmental law units. Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/our-visitors.html. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive March
LAWS6252
Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System
6    N LAWS6881 and law graduates from a common law jurisdiction


This unit must be completed prior to commencing other elective units. It is important to enrol well in advance of classes in order to complete pre-class readings (normally available to enrolled students 3 weeks prior to the first class). Law graduates from a non-common law jurisdiction are also recommended to undertake this unit. If you have missed the enrolment deadline or unable to enrol in the unit in Sydney Student https://sydneystudent.sydney.edu.au/sitsvision/wrd/SIW_LGN, please contact law.postgraduate@sydney.edu.au. Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/our-visitors.html. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive April
Intensive August
Intensive March
Intensive September
RESP5001
Integrated Environmental Practice
6      Semester 1
ENVI5502
Environmental Research Project A
6    P Distinction average or better in 24 credit points of Environmental Science/ Environmental Science and Law core units
N ENVI5501

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Students taking ENVI5502 must take ENVI5503 and ENVI5504
Semester 1
Semester 2
ENVI5503
Environmental Research Project B
6    P Distinction average or better in 24cp of Environmental Science/ Environmental Science and Law core units
N ENVI5501

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Students taking ENVI5503 must take ENVI5502 and ENVI5504
Semester 1
Semester 2
ENVI5504
Environmental Research Project C
6    P Distinction average or better in 24cp of Environmental Science/ Environmental Science and Law core units
N ENVI5501

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Students taking ENVI5504 must take ENVI5502 and ENVI5503
Semester 1
Semester 2
Environmental Science Core
AFNR5801
Climate Change: Process, History, Issues
6    A A basic understanding of climate change processes and issues.
Semester 2
ENVI5705
Ecological Principles
6    A This unit assumes a sound understanding of scientific principles, HSC level Mathematics and understanding of basic statistics.
Semester 1
ENVI5707
Energy - Sources, Uses and Alternatives
6      Semester 2
ENVI5708
Introduction to Environmental Chemistry
6      Semester 1
ENVI5801
Social Science of Environment
6      Semester 1
ENVI5904
Methods in Applied Ecology
6      Semester 2
Environmental Law Core
LAWS6041
Environmental Litigation
6   

Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/our-visitors.html. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive September
LAWS6047
Law of the Sea
6   

Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive September
LAWS6061
International Environmental Law
6   

Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive April
LAWS6065
Pollution, Corporate Liability and Govern
6   

Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/our-people.html. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive June
LAWS6141
Asia Pacific Environmental Law

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6      Intensive August
LAWS6165
Biodiversity Law and Heritage Law

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6    N LAWS6055 Heritage Law


Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/our-people.html. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/cpd/
Intensive September
LAWS6314
Coastal and Marine Law
6   

Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive June
LAWS6320
Climate Justice and Disaster Law

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6   

This unit replaced LAWS6320 Climate Disaster Law. Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/our-people.html. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/cpd/
Intensive September
LAWS6342
Environmental Markets
6   

Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive May
LAWS6343
International Law and Technology
6   

Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/our-visitors.html. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive November
LAWS6354
Environ Planning and Impact Assessment Law
6    A students who do not hold an undergraduate law degree must have completed LAWS6252 Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System before enrolling in this unit and LAWS6044 Environmental Law and Policy (MEL only)
N LAWS6043 or LAWS6045 or LAWS3430 or LAWS5130


Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/our-visitors.html. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive September
LAWS6964
Global Energy and Resources Law
6   

Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive September
Electives
AFNR5511
Soil Processes, Assessment and Management
6      Semester 1
GEOG5001
Geographic Information Science A
6    A This unit assumes a sound understanding of scientific principles, HSC level mathematics and understanding of basic statistics.
Semester 1
GEOG5004
Environmental Mapping and Monitoring
6    A This unit assumes a sound understanding of scientific principles, HSC level mathematics and understanding of basic statistics.
Semester 2
ENVI5809
Environmental Simulation Modelling
6    A This unit assumes a sound understanding of scientific principles, HSC level Mathematics and understanding of basic statistics.
Semester 2a
ENVI5903
Sustainable Development
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit of study involves additional costs.
Intensive July
MARS5001
Coastal Processes and Systems
6    A This unit assumes a sound understanding of scientific principles, HSC level mathematics and understanding of basic statistics.
Semester 1
MARS5006
Coral Reefs, Science and Management

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6    A This unit assumes a sound understanding of scientific principles, HSC level mathematics and understanding of basic statistics.

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
MARS5007
Coral Reefs and Climate Change
6      Semester 1a
PHYS5031
Ecological Econ and Sustainable Analysis
6      Semester 1
PHYS5034
Life Cycle Analysis
6   

Minimum class size of 5 students.
Semester 2
GOVT6135
Global Environmental Politics
6      Semester 2
PHYS5032
Techniques for Sustainability Analysis
6   

Minimum class size of 5 students.
Semester 1
Semester 2
PHYS5033
Environmental Footprints and IO Analysis
6   

Minimum class size of 5 students.
Semester 1
Semester 2
SUST5002
Food and Water Security
6    C SUST5001


This unit of study involves essay and blog writing and group work. Academic writing skills equivalent to HSC Advanced English or significant consultation via the Writing Hub is assumed.
Semester 2
SUST5005
Law, Policy and Sustainability
6    C SUST5001


This unit of study involves essay-writing. Academic writing skills equivalent to HSC Advanced English or significant consultation via the Writing Hub is assumed.
Intensive October