LAW321 Natural Resources Law (8)

This subject introduces students to the regulatory framework governing primary production in the agricultural and mining industries. Students evaluate law and policy issues such as live export, fracking, native title and collaboration between the mining industry and Indigenous Australians.


Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: LAW321. 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


Centre for Law and Justice

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Criminal Justice students only



Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of a range of legal instruments addressing mining and agricultural activities;
  • be able to demonstrate a critical awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues operating within the rural practice context;
  • be able to critically analyse case law involving disputes between mining corporations and native title claimants;
  • be able to interpret and analyse legislation, codes of conduct and policy instruments in the context of mining and agricultural production; and
  • be able to apply legal research techniques and the rules of statutory interpretation to solve hypothetical problems relating to Indigenous cultural heritage and environmental obligations.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to the legislative framework governing the mining and agricultural industries
  • Mineral claims, licences and royalties
  • Native title and access to land
  • Collaboration between the mining industry and Indigenous Australians
  • Mining and coal seam gas exploration (fracking)
  • Control and enforcement by the NSW Land and Environment Court
  • International mining disputes

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of LAW321 in Session 2 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 %
Problem scenario and legal memorandum
research proposal
Research essay

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.