WATER LAW AND POLICY

LAW3WAT

2019

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affects the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems — now and in the future.

Subject outline

Water resources are of increasing economic significance, whilst water use and management is undergoing increasing environmental scrutiny. Water Law is therefore of increasing relevance in Australian and global environmental sustainability debates. Our program will commence with an analysis of the international framework within which Australian water law is situated, from both an environmental and an international trade perspective. It will consider the federal and state agreements which shape most state legislation, and the federalisation of water resource management in the Murray Darling Basin. It will then consider, from both a policy and a practitioner perspective, the common law and legislation governing water law in Victoria, both in relation to urban, irrigation and environmental water entitlements.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorFrancine Rochford

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites LAW1LIM AND LAW1PPL AND LAW2TOT or students enrolled in non-law degrees must enroll with approval of subject coordinator.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsVariousPrescribedVariousVarious
MediaVariousPrescribedVariousVarious

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critically assess Australian water law and policy and to describe and critique its capacity to fulfil intergenerational obligations and to forward the public good.

Activities:
1. utilisation of presentation materials. 2. completion of reading tasks. 3. effective use of on-line learning tools. 4. completion of written seminar-based tasks. 5. completion of written assessment.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Reconceptualise water related problems according to multiple stakeholder perspectives and identify potential remediation mechanisms.

Activities:
1. Utilisation of presentation materials. 2. Effective use of on-line learning tools. 3. Effective participation in group-based seminar problem-solving tasks. 4. Completion of written seminar-based tasks 5. Completion of written assessment.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Effectively communicate analyses of water-related issues utilising a range of critical perspectives

Activities:
1. Utilisation of presentation materials. 2. Effective use of on-line learning tools. 3. Effective participation in group-based seminar problem-solving tasks. 4. Completion of written seminar-based tasks 5. Completion of written assessment.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Demonstrate capacity to identify and analyse issues relating to Australian water law

Activities:
1. Utilisation of lecture materials. 2. Effective use of on-line learning tools. 3. Preparation for seminars and effective participation in group-based seminar problem-solving tasks. 4. completion of written seminar-based tasks 5. completion of written assessment
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

05. Demonstrate critical understanding of the international legal and policy environment in which Australian water law has been developed and to critically reflect on the interaction between water law and policy and natural, economic, social and cultural systems.

Activities:
1. Utilisation of lecture materials. 2. Completion of reading tasks. 3. preparation for seminars and completion of written seminar-based tasks 4. completion of written assessment.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2019, Winter semester, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorFrancine Rochford

Class requirements

Lecture/Film Week: 27 - 28
Ten 1.0 hours lecture/film per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 27 to week 28 and delivered via online.

Directed Reading Week: 27 - 28
Twenty five 1.0 hours directed reading per study period on any day including weekend at night from week 27 to week 28 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Written essay (2000 words)To be submitted online through the LMS and marked online. Feedback provided online through comments on each paper, through model answers and through general comment45 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Written responses to problems (1500 words)To be submitted online through the LMS and marked online. Feedback provided online through comments, through model answers and through general comment40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Online quizzes15 02, 04, 05