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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction to climate science
    • Australia's contribution to climate change, sectoral analysis
    • The policy setting: key policies for addressing carbon emissions in Australia
    • International climate governance
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • GAME
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links

At the completion of this subject 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.
  • Assignment 1 - Role play (20%)
  • Assignment 2 - Essay 1 (40%)
  • Assignment 3 - Report (40%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - Audio/Visual equipment

This subject 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 subject provides practical information on latest policy developments with much of the content delivered by industry professionals working in the field.

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