PBL5045S - Environmental Law For Non-lawyers

15 credits at NQF level 9

Entry Requirements:

Successful completion of any undergraduate degree. Not available to students undertaking an LLB or LLM degree or Postgraduate Diploma.

Course Outline:

The research component of the degree is based on a 90 credit dissertation. The topic of the research will be based on an analysis of large data sets from Computational Biology. Department in the Faculty of Law PUBLIC LAW Professor and Head of Department: P de Vos, BCom LLB LLM Stell LLM Columbia LLD UWC (Claude Leon Foundation Chair in Constitutional Governance) (Not offered in 2021) Higher postgraduate course, second semester. Convener: Professor A Paterson Course outline: The inclusion of an environmental right in South Africa's Constitution has led to the emergence of many environmental laws and court decisions in the past 15 years. These developments are of key relevance to those working in the environmental sector including developers, consultants, biologists, zoologists, planners, sociologists and anthropologists. This course provides students undertaking postgraduate studies relevant to the environment with an insight into relevant principles of international and domestic environmental law. Key content covered in the course includes: an introduction to basic legal principles and resources; constitutional aspects (environmental rights, access to information, administrative justice and access to courts); framework environmental laws; SCIENCE DEGREES land-use planning laws (planning law, environmental impact assessment and protected areas); natural resource laws (biodiversity, water and marine living resources); and pollution laws (fresh water, land and air pollution).