Climate Change and Environmental Management

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Climate Change and Environmental Management

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Climatology/Meteorology, Environmental Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Recommended Prerequisite

    GEOS1100 and GEOS2100

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course will cover the causes and effects of climate change and how, through informed environmental management responses, the risks that global warming presents to the environment and society can be effectively managed. The course will present the principles and practices of climate change risk and vulnerability assessment and climate change adaptation planning and evaluation, supported by effective stakeholder engagement practices. This course builds upon current knowledge of the causes and consequences of natural climate variability, and global warming induced by human activity using a wide range of examples from around the world. Policy development and implementation globally and in several national contexts will be examined in relation to both climate change adaptation and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions. Students will be challenged to articulate effective approaches to understanding and presenting climate change risk to environmental, social and economic assets, and development of environmental management responses that protect those assets and build resilience to globally and locally-induced impacts.
    Course Introduction
    This course will present the elements of the science of climate change and its effects as a basis for examining the emerging consequences, responses and interventions related to natural systems and human society. The course will present current knowledge and perceptions of the causes and consequences of natural climate variability, natural climate change and human induced climate change and draw out the principles and practices of effective environmental management in the challenging context of climate change. Policy design and implementation in Australia and internationally will be reviewed in relation to both adaptation and greenhouse gas emission mitigation. Assessment will include written assignments and examination.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    • Recall, explain and discuss the broad body of knowledge associated with climate change and its effects on the environment and society.
    • Critique the concepts of environmental management, resilience, risk, vulnerability, strategy, evaluation, attribution, adaptation and mitigation in regard to climate change and its effects on the environment and society.
    • Generate, test, support and defend advice on climate risk and vulnerability assessment, resilience and adaptation planning to policy makers and stakeholders.
    • Recognise and differentiate the world views of various stakeholders and respond to ethical challenges with respect and influence.
    • Engage stakeholders in planning and implementing responses to experienced and projected slow onset climate impacts such as drought, and fast onset crises such as emergency responses to extreme weather events.
    • Produce and implement assessments and plans to build climate resilience both at personal levels and within the community and industry.
    Class Contact
    2 Lecture hours, 2 Practical or Laboratory hours
    Assessment Summary
    Paper (climate change risk and culnerability assessment): 30%
    Paper (climate change adaptation planning): 30%
    Final Exam: 40%

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Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.