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132.731 Planning Law (30 credits)

2017 - The Resource Management Act 1991 and the legislative, judicial and administrative aspects of the New Zealand legal system as they relate to environmental law and the planning process. Topics covered include the place of law in the sustainability debate and environmental ethics, property rights, legal aspects of the Treaty of Waitangi and developments in case law dealing with current environmental and planning issues. 2018- -The Resource Management Act 1991, and the New Zealand legal system as it relates to environmental law and the planning process.

Details Details

  • Year: 2017
  • Mode: Distance
  • Semester: Semester One full semester
  • Location: N/A
  • Coordinator: Ms Gill James
  • Subject: Resource & Environmental Plan
  • College: College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Online component Details

  • Online component: Partially Taught Online - As part of the course is taught online, Broadband access is required. In addition to accessing the Course Guide, students will be required to access core and supplementary digital study resources, contribute to discussion fora and complete online activities and assessment tasks. Core study resources that can be published in print will be supplied to the students who request them. Learn more about Stream, our online learning environment.

Requirements Requirements help

Note: You may enrol in a postgraduate course (that is a 700-, 800- or 900-level course) if you meet the prerequisites for that course and have been admitted to a qualification which lists the course in its schedule.

Special notes

  • Students must have access to the internet.


  • Start Date: Monday 27 February, 2017
  • End date: Saturday 24 June, 2017

Withdrawal dates Requirements help

The last day to withdraw from this course:

  • Without financial penalty: Monday 13 March, 2017
  • Without academic penalty: Friday 26 May, 2017

Contact workshops/block courses

Delivery mode Venue Start date End date Attendance
In Person Wellington Campus Tuesday 11 April, 2017 Thursday 13 April, 2017 Compulsory

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Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the main features and processes of the New Zealand legal system, including how legislation is made and the role of the courts in statutory interpretation and the development of case law.
  2. Apply statutory interpretation and case law analysis techniques, particularly in the planning law context.
  3. Critically appraise the Resource Management Act 1991 and other environmental legislation.
  4. Apply the Resource Management Act 1991 to practical planning situations.

Please note: Learning Outcomes are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the course is delivered.


During this course, the following assessments will contribute to your final mark.

Assessment Weighting Note
1 Mastery Test 15.0%
2 Exercise 10.0%
3 Exercise 25.0%
4 Invigilated Examination 50.0%

Please note: Assessment weightings are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the course is delivered.

* Specific dates for assessments will be finalised in information provided on Stream at the start of the Course.


There are no set texts for this course.

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