Climate Policy - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assessment - Role play (20%) , Essay 1 (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This unit introduces students to the basic science of climate change and discusses the importance of both mitigation and adaptation. Various approaches, policies and mechanisms currently used to target emissions at the global level are examined with a focus on Australia’s contribution. The economy is discussed (defined in terms of the Front-End and the End-User) with each examined for their ability to reduce emissions. An analysis of Front-End policies including carbon taxes and emission trading schemes is provided, as well as the examination of End-User approach which includes policies and initiatives such as rebates for energy efficiency, small-scale renewable energy and building regulations. Climate change governance is explored through a workshop, which demonstrates the complexity of the international negotiations process. With a focus on the Front-End of the economy, this unit provides practical information on latest policy developments with much of the content delivered by industry professionals working in the field.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. analyse the fundamentals of the science behind climate change as well as the arguments against it
  2. determine the emissions contribution of the various sectors of the economy and what this means for climate change mitigation policies in Australia
  3. compare the differences between emissions trading and a carbon tax and the key features of carbon pricing legislation
  4. interpret and reflect upon the complexity of the international climate change mitigation process and the commitments of various countries
  5. evaluate the effectiveness of global end user policies compared to front-end policies.
  • Assessment — Role play (20%)
  • Essay 1 (40%)
  • Report (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Audio/Visual equipment

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to climate science
2Australia's contribution to climate change, sectoral analysis
3The policy setting: key policies for addressing carbon emissions in Australia
4International climate governance

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Interactive Games
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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