• Class Number 6654
  • Term Code 3050
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Frank Jotzo
    • Dougal McInnes
    • Dr Frank Jotzo
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/07/2020
  • Class End Date 12/11/2020
  • Census Date 14/08/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 27/07/2020
    • Carl Tidemann
SELT Survey Results

Climate change is a global problem, the nature of which has never been seen before. How and whether a world of sovereign states can cooperate to the degree required to reduce the risks of climate change to manageable levels are questions of great global importance, but not ones where there is political or expert consensus around a particular way forward. Some approaches have been trialed. Many others have been proposed. All are debated.
This course will introduce students to international climate change policy, politics and economics. It will study the global growth of emissions, various approaches to estimating the damage of climate change and the costs and benefits of mitigation, the international framework for co-operation on climate change as it evolves, and the economics and international politics of global public good provision. On this basis, the course will go on to analyze existing approaches and the main proposed international policy and institutional options for mitigating and adapting to climate change. This will include an in-depth exploration of the upcoming 2015 Paris climate agreement and current negotiating and pledging processes. 
The lecturer for this course is Luke Kemp, a finishing PhD at the ANU who has attended climate and sustainable development negotiations since 2009 and advised both the Mexican and Papua New Guinean delegations within the climate negotiations. He will aim to teach a course which will both expose students to the latest debates and developments in this area, and provide them with the policy tools to evaluate competing proposals and the outcomes of the 2015 Paris climate agreement. 


Research-Led Teaching

The substance of the course is aligned with the course convenor's research and the practical or academic expertise of guest lecturers that cover various specific topics.

Required Resources

A full reading list will be provided on the course webpage on Wattle.

Staff Feedback

Written feedback on individual work (via the course website on Wattle) will be provided in detail on the Essay and the Negotiating Text Analysis, and in brief form on the Seminar Presentation and Exam. Verbal feedback from the convenors can be obtained on request.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Note on course delivery format:

In 2020 this course is delivered online only on 6 days spread through the semester (July 27, Aug 10, Aug, 24; Sep 7, Sep 28, Oct 12).

Class time is online (Zoom) during 10.00-11.00, 12.00-13.00, 14.30-15.30 on each of those days.

Lectures are pre-recorded and should be viewed before class. Lectures are typically 30-50 min for each 1-hour class discussion.

Students are expected to also prepare by reading before each class session.

Some additional consultation sessions will be offered online.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Day 1, 27 July Context, concepts and key skills Course overview incl goals and procedures, key themes. Introduction by each participant Climate change science and impacts, global emissions goals (guest lecturer: Prof Will Steffen) Emissions trends and drivers. Decarbonisation options and negative emissions technologies.
2 Day 2, 10 August International agreements on climate change Climate change as a global externality; economics and politics of climate action International environmental cooperation and agreements. The UNFCCC and its instruments The Paris Agreement and implementation Roadmap
3 Day 3, 24 August Current issues in international climate change negotiations and politics Position of major powers on climate change, esp US, China, EU. Australia's position. Countries' climate pledges (Nationally Determined Contributions). Principles and practice of international effort sharing. Market mechanisms for international climate policy incl Article 6 of the Paris Agreement
4 Day 4, 7 September Developing countries in global climate policy International climate finance (guest lecturer: H/Prof Howard Bamsey TBC) Development assistance for climate change Migration, Disaster risk, Loss & Damage
5 Day 5, 28 September Bilateral climate relationships and non-government actors Climate clubs and bilateral agreements National policies and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific. The role of business and NGOs (guest lecturer: Mr Erwin Jackson TBC)
6 Day 6, 12 October International Climate Policy: the broader battlegrounds Securitisation of climate change (guest lecturer: Dr Jen Hunt) Geo-engineering and its governance challenges Communication and public perceptions

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Essay 1: Negotiations issue analysis 35 % 02/09/2020 26/09/2020 1, 2, 3
Essay 2: A chosen topic 35 % 28/10/2020 25/11/2020 1, 2, 3
Exam 20 % 26/10/2020 03/12/2020 1, 2, 3
Presentation 10 % 10/08/2020 03/12/2020 1, 2, 3

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 35 %
Due Date: 02/09/2020
Return of Assessment: 26/09/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Essay 1: Negotiations issue analysis

A short essay on options for a market mechanism under the Paris Agreement (ongoing Article 6 negotiations). Drawing on primary sources in the current UN climate negotiations, and examining the issue from the viewpoint of one or more countries.

1500 words +/- 10%.

Through this analysis students will engage in detail with a specific issue that is currently in the climate change negotiations, critically reviewing a piece of negotiating text and making suggestions for improving that section, and linking the analysis to concepts covered in the course.

The emphasis here is on analysis of a specific issue, not extensive description, hence a relatively short word count.

Specific assessment criteria and further guidance will be provided.

Students will be required to peer-review other students' essays.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 35 %
Due Date: 28/10/2020
Return of Assessment: 25/11/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Essay 2: A chosen topic

An essay on a topic related to the course. A list of suggested topics will be provided, and own topics can be suggested.

2500 words +/-10%. 

Through the essay students engage deeply on a specific question of climate change policy and economics, applying knowledge and analytical skills gained during the course to specific policy issues. Students are expected to make a clear argument that is supported by facts and analysis, with some own research using literature or primary sources that goes beyond the material covered in the course.

Specific assessment criteria and further guidance will be provided.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 26/10/2020
Return of Assessment: 03/12/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3


Online exam. Questions cover the entire syllabus of the course, and students have a degree of choice which questions to answer, and an overall word limit.

The exam will be held online, with electronic submission through the course website - effectively a strictly time-limited take-home exam. You are required to take it at the specified time but you do not need to be on campus for it.

The exam takes 2 hours and will be held on on 26-10-2020 at 11.00-13.00.

Further guidance and example questions will be provided during the course.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 10/08/2020
Return of Assessment: 03/12/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3


Presentation on a topic relevant to one of the sessions during days 2-6. Students pre-record a short presentation (max 5 minutes), upload a short written summary online, and engage in discussion with the class during class time.

A sign-up sheet with topic options will be provided.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

All assessments are submitted via the course website on Wattle.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

No resubmissions.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
Dr Frank Jotzo
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Research Interests

Climate change policy and economics. Director Centre for Climate and Energy Policy.

Dr Frank Jotzo

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Dougal McInnes
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Dougal McInnes

Dr Frank Jotzo
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Carl Tidemann
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