ACR706 - Environmental Crime and Regulation


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online

From 2025:
Trimester 1: Online

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

On average students will spend 150-hours per trimester in guided learning, individual study, research and assessment activities

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

5 x 2-hour seminars per trimester

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 5 x 1-hour recorded lectures per trimester

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 5 x 2-hour online seminars per trimester


This unit will critically examine environmental crime through a green criminological lens. It asks ‘What do criminologists do to decrease the chances of the extinction of mankind and the destruction of the planet?’ These ‘big picture issues’ have been grasped by green criminologists seeking to examine threats to humanity and non-human species by the unnecessary exploitation of the environment by powerful elites. This unit will examine a range of harmful acts that damage and destroy the environment that are legitimated through government policies and legislation. It will unpack notions of environmental harm; and examine why some acts are regulated and prohibited by governments, and others not.  It will critique the ways in which human-induced environmental damage are constructed and represented in law, as well as public and political discourse. Finally, it will explain environmental crime through existing green criminological theories whilst advancing notions of environmental, ecological and species justice

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