Climate Change Science and Policy - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Critique - Mid term assignment 500 words (20%) , Invigilated Exam - Short-answer questions (35%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,070.00
International 2,320.00

This unit addresses the scientific, technological and policy aspects of global warming. This is a global environmental issue that has potentially major implications for all life on earth, including human society. In recent years the subject of global warming has produced an intense international debate over the scientific basis of the measurements and predictions. The policy responses need to be understood in the context of the science and the controversy.

On successful completion of this unit you should be able to:

  1. critically assess the causes and scientific principles involved in the phenomenon of global warming
  2. describe the modelling of climate change scenarios and to assess the potential impacts of climate change on ecosystems and human society.
  3. consider and assess the possible responses to global warming
  4. describe the policy framework for addressing the causes and impacts of global warming.
  • Critique — Mid term assignment 500 words (20%)
  • Invigilated Exam — Short-answer questions (35%)
  • Project — Feasibility Study (35%)
  • Quizzes — 4 Online quizzes in total (10%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • EENV632 — Greenhouse Science and Policy

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.

1The climate system and climate variability
2Global climate models
3Environmental impacts of climate change
4Social and economic impact of climate change
5Frameworks and protocols of climate change and national and global responses
6Policies and technologies for adaptation
7Policies and technologies for mitigation
8Financing climate projects

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture

Print based materials

  • Study Guide

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Quizzes

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

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  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.
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