• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

Enrolment in this course has implications for enrolment in other second semester courses. Please refer to the "Other Information" section.

The course builds on the theoretical understanding of the complex issues that need to be addressed in adapting to and mitigating climate change, and the international policy processes to address climate change, developed in ENVS3020. With an emphasis on integrating formal learning with first-hand experience, the course is conducted at the ANU during the United Nations Climate Change Conference and associated Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (CoP). Work during the course includes engaging with selected themes represented in webcasts of negotiations, conference sessions, workshops and side events; analysing formal and informal media coverage of the Conference; and interacting with policy makers, lobbyists, NGOs and scientists involved in the process. Interactions occur via online links to participants in the Conference, and in person with key experts in Canberra. Themes addressed at recent conferences include technology transfer for adaptation, ethical issues in climate change, adaptation financing, reducing deforestation and associated emissions, adaptation barriers for least-developed countries, biodiversity and climate change, and energy efficiency.  This year the agenda to be discussed at the UNFCCC CoP21 in Paris is focused on the details of a post-Kyoto Protocol agreement on emissions reductions. The course will be held during CoP21 in November-December 2015 (see http://www.cop21.gouv.fr/en).


A preparatory workshop will be held 2-3 weeks prior to course commencement.

Learning Outcomes

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

 On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Evaluate a range of current international perspectives on biophysical, social and governance issues in climate change vulnerability, adaptation and mitigation. (LO1)
  2. Appraise current international climate change negotiation processes, on the basis of observations. (LO2) 
  3. Evaluate the connections among diverse issues, approaches and international, national and sectoral perspectives in applying scientific knowledge to policy formulation for climate change adaptation and mitigation. (LO3)
  4. Synthesise information from a diverse range of written and oral sources on a self-selected theme/topic in the context of climate change science and policy . (LO4)


Other Information

students who wish to enrol in this course will need to fill out an expression of interest:


Indicative Assessment

  •  Essay on a theme relevant to the UNFCCC Conference (40%) (LO1-4)
  • Presentation on live issues emerging during the UNFCCC Conference (30%) (LO1-4)
  • Reflective learning journal, including critical appraisal of formal and informal media reporting of the UNFCCC Conference and its outcomes (30%) (LO1-4)


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30 contact hours, plus up to 100 hours of non-contact time.  Contact hours are allocated across lectures, workshops, tutorials and presentations, including real-time interaction with participants in the UNFCCC Conference.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed ENVS3020. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ENVS6301.

You will need to contact the Fenner School of Environment and Society to request a permission code to enrol in this course.




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3444
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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