- Code ENVS3020
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Environmental Science
- Areas of interest Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science, Policy Studies
Biennial course. Not offered in 2018. Next offered in 2019.
Climate change as a result of human activities, or anthropogenic global warming, is now generally accepted as reality and includes a wide range of climatic processes and impacts in the global system that are affected by human activities.
This course provides an introduction to climate change science, impacts and policy implications. The fundamentals are provided in an overview of climate change science, focussing on the atmospheric processes that drive climatic variability and change, and an understanding of the global carbon cycle. Current and likely future impacts of global warming on ecosystems and human activities are also considered, including biodiversity, system buffering and resilience, and regional inequality and vulnerability. Societal response strategies are also investigated, focussing on international environmental treaties, international and Australian policy approaches to global warming, and management and adaptation strategies.
Practical workshops focus on developing understanding of the carbon intensity of energy use, effective climate change communication, and science-policy interaction in the area of climate change.
Contributors to the course may include academic experts from across the ANU and representatives of various government departments, industry and business groups and research organisations.
Honours Pathway Option
Subject to the approval of the course convenor; students taking this option will be expected to complete advanced readings or other research-related activities relevant to the course, and to discuss their learning in a series of four seminars (a minimum of 10% of overall assessment). All other assessment and requirements remain the same.
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 current understandings of the science of climate change, including future climate scenario development
2. evaluate information about current and future impacts of climate change on biophysical and social systems, and vulnerability to climate change
3. evaluate a range of response strategies to climate change, including international and Australian adaptation and mitigation policy approaches
4. debate future climate change policy, in the context of the international climate change negotiations.
Assessment will be based on:
- Two quizzes (30%) (LO 1-3)
- Short report on a topic related to climate change science communication (15%) (LO 1-2)
- Briefing paper on national interest issues in climate change policy negotiation (15%) (LO 1-4)
- Major report and debate focussing on issues of national interest and equity in international climate change
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130 hours including up to 60 contact hours in lectures, practicals and workshops/seminars, and self-study time.
Requisite and Incompatibility
IPCC, 2014: Climate Change 2014: Synthesis Report. Contribution of Working Groups I, II and III to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [Core Writing Team, R.K. Pachauri and L.A. Meyer (eds.)]. IPCC, Geneva, Switzerland, 151 pp (see https://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar5/syr/)
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