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
To qualify for the award of the Master of Environmental Science and Law, a candidate 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 units of study
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-people.html. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/cpd/
Intensive March
LAWS6252
Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System
6    N LAWS6881


Students are recommended 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 complete classes for this unit during the first week of their commencing semester. 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 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 units of study
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 units of study
LAWS6041
Environmental Litigation
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/cpd/
Intensive May
LAWS6047
Law of the Sea
6      Intensive November
LAWS6061
International Environmental Law
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/cpd/
Intensive April
LAWS6065
Pollution, Corporate Liability and Govern

This unit of study is not available in 2019

6   

This unit replaced LAWS6065 Pollution and Contaminated Land.
Intensive May
LAWS6141
Asia Pacific Environmental Law

This unit of study is not available in 2019

6      Intensive August
LAWS6163
Energy and Climate Law

This unit of study is not available in 2019

6    N LAWS6863
Intensive September
LAWS6165
Biodiversity Law and Heritage Law
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
LAWS6191
Water Law and Climate Change

This unit of study is not available in 2019

6      Intensive October
LAWS6302
Human Rights and Environmental Law
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/cpd/
Intensive June
LAWS6314
Coastal and Marine Law

This unit of study is not available in 2019

6      Intensive March
LAWS6320
Climate Justice and Disaster Law
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/our-people.html. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/cpd/
Intensive April
LAWS6343
International Law and Technology
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/cpd/
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-people.html. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/cpd/
Intensive October
LAWS6964
Global Energy and Resources Law
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/cpd/
Intensive September
Elective units of study
AFNR5511
Soil Processes, Assessment and Management
6      Semester 1
AFNR5512
Water Management and Variable Climate
6    A UG Maths or Physics or Hydrology.
Semester 2
AFNR5705
Australian Forest Systems
6    N ENSY3003
Semester 2
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
GEOS5501
Human Rights and the Environment
6   

This unit is delivered at the University of Sydney.
Semester 2a
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

This unit of study is not available in 2019

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 2019

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 1
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