LAWS314-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

Environmental Law, Policy and Society

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 February 2019
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2019
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 1 March 2019
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 10 May 2019


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. This course is offered in alternate years.

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.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


(i) LAWS101; and (ii) LAWS110




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 06 May 2019 35% Essay
Optional Field Trip Optional Field Trip
Final Examination 65% Final Exam

Assessment may be by essay and final exam.  The assessment will be confirmed in the first week of lectures.

Textbooks / Resources

There is no adequate textbook in this area.  Students will be referred to a wide range of written material.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $806.00

International fee $3,775.00

* 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

  • LAWS314-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019