LAWS314-17S1 (C) Semester One 2017

Environmental Law, Policy and Society

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2017
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2017
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 3 March 2017
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 19 May 2017


The nature of environmental law; the merits and disadvantages of statutory and common law approaches to environmental issues; the evolution of environmental concern; particular legal problems arising out of the nature of environmental issues; the precautionary principle; philosophies of human relations with the natural world; possible implications of environmental necessity for political, social, constitutional and economic organisation; environmental economics and issues of public and private property; historical and present-day case studies.

Optional field trip.

Learning Outcomes

The aim of the course is to provide students with crucial knowledge of the legal and policy context of environmental decision-making and to contemplate legal practicalities, choices and alternative models.


(i) LAWS101; and (ii) LAWS110


LAWS304; LAWS376 (2005)


LAWS202-LAWS206. Students enrolled in other degrees, who do not have the above prerequisites and corequisites, but have completed appropriate courses in another discipline, may apply to the Head of Department for a waiver.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

David Round


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Essay 15 May 2017 35% Essay
Optional Field Trip Optional Field Trip
Final Examination 65% Final Exam

Assessment by essay 30% and final exam 70%

The assessment will be confirmed in the first week of lectures

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $775.00

International fee $3,525.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Faculty of Law .

All LAWS314 Occurrences

  • LAWS314-17S1 (C) Semester One 2017