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BTC3100 - Sustainability and the law

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Business and Economics

Leader(s): Mr Wayne Gumley


Clayton First semester 2009 (Day)


This unit examines the evolution of regulatory strategies for environmental protection in response to systemic crises such as climate change and natural resource depletion, from traditional 'command and control' approaches to more recent behavioural and market based strategies, with particular focus upon the increasing recognition of the principles of ecologically sustainable development by courts and legislators.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  • understand and explain the international law principles of ecologically sustainable development
  • understand and explain the extent of integration of those principles into Australian environmental regulation, at both national and state government levels, and their recognition in Australian common law
  • identify and analyse emerging trends in regulation for sustainability with particular focus upon the risks and opportunities those trends may present for Australian business enterprises
  • use appropriate industry based case studies to demonstrate a sound understanding of the risks and opportunities presented by sustainability regulation.


Within semester assessment: 50%
Examination: 50%

Contact hours

39 hours over 13 weeks

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