LAW300 Environmental Law (8)

This subject examines the way the law regulates and imposes legal constraints on environmental management and land use planning. This regulation is then critically analysed and examined by undertaking a study of the regulation that affects a chosen industry. Students are encouraged to evaluate the effectiveness of the law in regulating environmental values and consider alternative methods of managing the legal issues that confront the conservation and protection of the environment.


Session 3 (90)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: LAW300. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Accounting and Finance

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have completed LAW530.

Subject Relationships

LAW530 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to analyse legal attempts to regulate environmental planning and development by applying the relevant laws to a planning situation;
  • be able to assess and evaluate the legal constraints on environmental management; and
  • be able to critically evaluate the effectiveness of the law in regulating environmental values and laws in a chosen area.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • an introduction to environmental law, philosophical and ethical issues, the meaning of environment and ecologically sustainable development;
  • the common law basis of environmental law and rights issues;
  • environmental regulation in Australia;
  • constitutional perspectives and statutory regulation;
  • the international influence on environmental law;
  • Australian implementation of international decisions and obligations;
  • environmental planning instruments;
  • development controls and consent;
  • planning policy and the use of land;
  • conservation of biological diversity; and
  • pollution control.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of LAW300 in Session 3 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Forum discussion participation
Multiple choice test
Environmental essay
Environmental planning report

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.