Environmental Law

  • Online delivery
  • eClass
  • 24 hour course, no prerequisites

If your work impacts the nat­ur­al envi­ron­ment, involves the devel­op­ment of nat­ur­al resources, or address­es envi­ron­men­tal health issues, it is impor­tant to have an under­stand­ing of the laws which reg­u­late these areas. This course is intend­ed to assist par­tic­i­pants in nav­i­gat­ing through the com­plex and often con­fus­ing array of Fed­er­al, Provin­cial, com­mon law, and envi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­to­ry schemes by pro­vid­ing an intro­duc­tion to these four key areas of law, which impact environmental/​resource/​health reg­u­la­tion in Cana­da — con­sti­tu­tion­al law, civ­il law, reg­u­la­to­ry law and admin­is­tra­tive law.

Course at a glance
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Become familiar with different types of environmental laws—constitutional, regulatory, civil, and administrative.
  • Understand the sources of environmental laws in Canada.
  • Determine the relationships that exist between government environmental protection, natural resources development, and public health legislation.
  • Understand how legal counsel, judges, and tribunal members interpret and apply environmental, natural resources, and public health laws.
  • Develop the skills necessary to obtain and analyze environmental legislation such as the Alberta Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act and the Canadian Fisheries Act.
  • Identify potential civil environmental liabilities (both personal and corporate) and explore steps to take to minimize exposure to civil liability.
  • Understand the limits placed by the law on governments and their employees in administering environmental, natural resource, and public health laws.
Take note:

  • Course assessment includes an in-class final exam.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.


Jason Unger

Your Instructor

Jason Unger

Syn­chro­nous online learning, eClass

In synchronous online courses, students move through the course material at the same pace as their peers. These courses also provide learners with pre-scheduled online lectures that have the instructor and students interacting at the same time. All components of this type of course are accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool. for­mat details

Weekend (Thu, Fri, Sat)
Oct 15, 2020Oct 17, 2020




8:30 am – 5:00 pm


8:30 am – 5:00 pm


8:30 am – 5:00 pm


Class info
  • This is a syn­chro­nous course that fea­tures live online activ­i­ties at pre­de­ter­mined times. For the real-time class­room ses­sions, a com­put­er with both audio input and out­put (such as a micro­phone-equipped head­set) is required. To start your online learn­ing expe­ri­ence vis­it www​.ext​-leo​.ca/​s​t​u​dents
  • 24 course hours in total
  • Eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant.
    Cor­po­rate mul­ti-reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages are avail­able for most Exten­sion cours­es. Con­tact us at excorp@​ualberta.​ca for pre­ferred pricing.
  • Open for registration until October 15, 2020. Register at least one week before the course start date to secure your spot. If space is available you may register until the day the course starts.
Currently counts towards

* If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

You can register for and take a course without applying and enrolling into the program.

We recommend that you apply to the program as soon as possible to lock in your course requirements as they are subject to change.



Looking for different course dates?

New course schedules are released each June and October.

  • 1 scheduled
  • Online delivery
  • 24 hour course, no prerequisites

Summer & Fall courses: all online

All courses will be delivered online, including many that were previously unavailable in the online format.

If you do see a program on our website announced as an in-person or downtown Edmonton offering, please disregard the format – but not the program. There will be no in-person offerings through the Faculty of Extension for the Summer & Fall terms.

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