• Total units 24 Units
  • Specialisation code CLSP-SPEC
  • Academic career Postgraduate
Climate Science and Policy Specialisation

Climate variability and change is recognised as a critical challenge to the sustainability of human society and the environment.  Expertise in the science and policy areas relevant to understanding climate variation and change and its impacts, and to managing natural resources and both human and natural environments in this context, is in demand in the private sector, at all levels of Australian government, and in research organisations. This specialisation offers the combination of a strong understanding of climate science with knowledge in environmental policy, economics, governance, law and modelling. When taken together with research-intensive courses and methods training you develop the skill set essential for tackling critical challenges such as climate vulnerability and adaptation, water resource management and natural resource management under climate change.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1.     Critically evaluate current understandings of the science of climate variation and change and a range of response strategies to climate change, including international and Australian approaches to adaptation and mitigation

2.     Synthesise and apply knowledge relevant to climate science and policy across disciplines

3.     Apply a range of written, oral and visual communication skills to effectively convey and discuss information about climate science and policy in multidisciplinary contexts and to specialist and non-specialist audiences

4.     Analyse and evaluate the climate policy debate, recognising the socio-political and cultural contexts of the debate

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This specialisation requires the completion of 24 units, which must consist of:

6 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ENVS6307 Climate Change Science & Policy 6

18 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
EMSC6021 Fundamentals of Climate System Science 6
ENVS6204 Weather, Climate and Fire 6
ENVS6301 Climate Change Science & Policy in Practice 6
ENVS6303 Climatology 6
ENVS6311 Severe Weather 6
ENVS6529 Palaeo-Environmental Reconstruction 6
ENVS8003 Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation 6
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