International Forest Policy

Subject FRST90029 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

August, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 20-Jul-2015
Teaching Period 03-Aug-2015 to 14-Aug-2015
Assessment Period End 04-Sep-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 22-Jul-2015
Census Date 07-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 21-Aug-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Twenty-four hours lectures and 16 hours tutorials and exercises.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Prof Rodney Keenan


Graduate School of Science

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)


Rod Keenan

Subject Overview:

This subject addresses the policy and governance framework for forest management in international, national and state contexts. It describes policy processes and the role of different actors in policy development and implementation. Different policy instruments are described and their suitability for achieving policy objectivesis discussed. Current issues in international forest policy, such as illegal logging and trade, conservation, certification, environmental management, forests and poverty and climate change are considered from the viewpoints of different forest policy actors. This subject will equip students with an improved capacity for critical thinking in relation to policy issues.

Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of this subject students will have a sound understanding of:

  • international, national and state forest and environmental policies and legislation
  • processes for policy development and negotiation
  • the role of various policy actors and their different perspectives
  • policy instruments and their suitability for achieving policy objectives
  • current issues in international forest policy, including: deforestation, illegal logging and trade, forests and climate change, forests in poverty alleviation and international development, forest biodiversity conservation, forest certification systems and the role of international bodies and processes in forest policy

Reading journal (1500 words) due 31 July 2015 (20%),

Daily quizzes (5 x 30 minute quizzes) during Intensive subject (30%),

Written assignment (3000 words) due 3 weeks after Intensive Subject end (50%).

Prescribed Texts:

Information Not Available

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Forest Ecosystem Science
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Tailored Specialisation
Tailored Specialisation

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