PKM562 Environmental Policy (8)

Environmental policy is a planned course of action to manage human activities with a view to prevent, reduce, or mitigate harmful effects on nature or natural resources. This subject explores the nature of policy development and implementation and the cultural, environmental, political, legal and ethical issues that can influence the process. It provides an understanding of the policy making process, policy instruments and the skills necessary to analyse policies related to environmental management. There is no residential school associated with this subject. On completion students have an in-depth understanding of the principles, processes, and complexity associated with environment policy.


Session 1 (30)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PKM562. 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 Environmental Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Postgraduate students only.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • have a in-depth understanding of the principles, processes, and complexity associated with policy
  • understand the roles of key institutions and stakeholders involved with environmental policy
  • be able to critically appraise and apply a range of methods to evaluate public policy
  • be able to identify and make critical judgements about a range of policy instruments available to address environmental problems
  • critically understand how environmental policy relates to other areas of public policy


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to the nature of environmental policy: definitions, levels, examples
  • Policy development process: policy cycles, influences, outcomes
  • Policy implementation: mechanisms, influences, outcomes

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PKM562 in Session 1 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 %
Identification of a policy hierarchy
Blog entry on state government policy
Comment on state government policy blog
Commonwealth policy implementation and evaluation
Blog entry - reflection on policy interactions

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.