Climate Change Policy

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Climate Change Policy

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Climatology/Meteorology, Environmental Studies, Public Policy Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Pre-requisite: Undergraduate students must have completed at least 36 credits of study before enrolling in this course

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course offers students the opportunity to develop an understanding of the major adaptation and mitigation responses to climate change by all levels of government. Policymaking and planning processes are analysed using examples of how they have been applied to the problem of climate change from the global to the local level. Examples will be taken from Australia and internationally to illustrate the points made. The course is available in on campus and off campus modes with supporting interactive teaching materials available on the course website. Students will be asked to complete on-line exercises and submit written work for assessment. No prior knowledge of climate change, policymaking or planning is assumed.

    Course Introduction
    Climate change is a 'wicked' policy problem that challenges the ability of governments to make and implement effective policies from the local to the international level. Two main types of responses have emerged: mitigation policies that seek to avoid the worst impacts by reducing greenhouse gas emissions; and, adaptation policies that prepare for the impacts that cannot be avoided. This course explores both in a step-by-step fashion from the key institutions involved, through the identification of issues, to policy analysis, policy instruments, consultation, coordination, decision making, implementation and evaluation. Examples are taken from the local, state, national and international realms to illustrate the points made.

    Course Aims
    Environmental planners, policymakers, managers and scientists have an extremely important role to play
    in society. They are the professionals who assist government, business and the community to become
    sustainable. This course covers some of the essential skills and knowledge needed to fulfil this role. The
    course specifically aims to give students the opportunity to:

    - Develop an understanding of the "nuts and bolts" of climate change policymaking;
    - Apply this knowledge to real world problems; and,
    - Improve research, analysis, problem-solving and communication skills.

    Please Note: No prior knowledge of policy or planning is assumed.

    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 To explain what climate change policy is, how it is made and discuss its relevance to planning & management;
    2 To identify and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different climate change policy and planning instruments;
    3 To discuss the institutional environment in which climate change policies and plans are formulated; and,
    4 To undertake research and write well structured papers about real climate change issues.

    Assessment Plan
    Test or quiz - Tests 1-4 5%/5
    Test or quiz - Tests 5-8 5%/5
    Assignment - Written Assignment - Assignment 1 35%/100
    Test or quiz - Tests 9-12 5%/5
    Assignment - Written Assignment - Assignment 2 50%/ 100

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

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.