Course Title: Environment and Planning Law Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Environment and Planning Law Practice

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Anne Kallies

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1434

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 13.2.41

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study
040015 - Introduction to the Australian Legal System and Legal Methods


Course Description

This course introduces two related areas of legal practice, environment and planning law. The course addresses state, federal and international law relating to the environment and natural resources with a focus on regulation. The course next addresses planning issues considering state and local authority regulation in relation to planning. The course deals with relevant legislation and case law in the developing areas of environment and planning law and considers issues of environmental justice that arise in legal practice in these areas.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

1. demonstrate an understanding of local and international obligations relating to the environment and natural resources and identify legal issues that arise in relation to this area.
2. apply the law relating to land use and development.
3. apply the law relating to preparation, administration and enforcement of planning instruments.
4. demonstrate an understanding of issues of environmental justice that arise in legal practice in these areas.
5. critically examine law reform options in these two related areas of law.
6. demonstrate an understanding of the role of planning law in designing urban environments

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will utilise a range of learning activities, including face to face lectures and seminars and equivalent online activities, small group work activities/online discussion boards, and guest speaker presentations.

Overview of Learning Resources

From 2018, Canvas is RMIT University's Learning Management System. Canvas is a flexible online system which will provide you with an engaging and exciting learning experience as part of your studies with us. The Canvas platform will be the primary site for you to gain access to all the resources designed to support your learning in this course. Your Canvas portal can accessed by logging into the following RMIT page:

Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks are linked to the course topics requiring students to demonstrate knowledge of environment and planning law. Assessment tasks can include a research essay, a discussion board and an examination.