Sustainability, Science and the Law

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Macquarie University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

This online unit covers Sustainability, Science and the Law, exploring their interconnectedness in local, global and regional debates on questions of sustainability and sustainable development.

Taking in its scope environmental policy, science, politics, ethics, philosophy and the legal system, the unit considers synergies between these disciplines in the context of sustainability issues.

You will become familiar with aspects of legal concepts, systems, processes and institutions that regulate issues to do with sustainability, including biodiversity, air and atmosphere, water and marine environmental law, heritage and habitats and waste and pollution.

Delivered online through Open Universities Australia and Macquarie University, this unit will equip you with knowledge necessary to analyse and propose solutions to issues in sustainability.

Eligibility

If you have no prior university experience, you should complete one of the following units before starting this unit:

  • Academic Learning Skills
  • Academic Literacies: Learning and Communication Practice

Areas of study

In this Sustainability, Science and the Law unit, the topics you will study include:

  • An introduction to sustainability issues and concepts – the local and global scenes
  • The origins of our ecological crisis and the emergence of the concept of sustainability
  • The causes of environmental and sustainability problems
  • The environmental revolution
  • The history, critique and role of science and society and the law
  • Environmental ethical perspectives
  • Instruments of sustainability law and policy
  • International, national and local dimensions
  • Indigenous knowledge, science and sustainability
  • Corporate sustainability and the greening of business
  • Sustainability and scepticism
  • Critical thinking on sustainability controversies

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Security Studies, Macquarie University

This unit is an approved elective in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit provides useful skills and knowledge for those interested in issues of sustainability. Career opportunities include work with government regulatory bodies, independent environmental agencies including not-for-profits and NGOs, research work into areas concerned with sustainability and environmental science, and policy making at various levels.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Sustainability, Science and the Law from Macquarie University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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