- Class Number 1630
- Term Code 3020
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Frank Jotzo
- Dr Frank Jotzo
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 24/02/2020
- Class End Date 25/06/2020
- Census Date 20/03/2020
- Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
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Climate change has become a key concern for policymaking, and in some countries is seen as part of core economic policy. Cutting greenhouse gas emissions will require changes in technologies, production and consumption. To achieve climate change mitigation at acceptable economic cost, and within constraints of political feasibility, requires well designed policies. Meanwhile, communities and businesses will need to prepare for impacts from climate change and adapt to them, presenting a different set of challenges for policy, institutions and development strategies.
This course provides an introduction to the principles and practice of domestic economic policymaking for climate change. It introduces students to the major debates and policy instruments, and provides a grounding for analysis of policy options.
The course covers the theory and practice of carbon pricing and alternative policy instruments for climate change mitigation, and principles and policy approaches for adaptation to climate change. It explores practical challenges of climate policy choice and design in developed and developing countries, with case studies from Australia, China and other countries. Economic concepts will be presented in a way that is accessible to non-economists.
Students are encouraged to actively engage and share their own perspectives.
This course is research-led teaching. Much of the material covered relates to issues that are of direct and current policy interest in a range of countries, and the lecturers are engaged in research on these issues. The course is being convened and taught by Dr Frank Jotzo, Director of the Centre for Climate Economics and Policy at the Crawford School. Prominent guest lecturers contribute to some of the sessions.
Students are encouraged to actively engage in discussion, and share their own perspectives.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- be familiar with the main concepts and debates on climate change economics and policy within countries;
- understand the principles and practical application of key policy instruments for climate change in different contexts;
- be able to critically assess policy proposals and put forward possible approaches.
The course draws directly on the lecturer's ongoing research, and on the policy practice or research of several guest lecturers. The course topics relate to Prof Jotzo's main area of research, as well as his policy advisory and work for international bodies such as the IPCC.
Course materials include a variety of different readings and materials. These include
- review papers and non-technical research papers in academic journals (eg Climate Policy, Climatic Change, Nature Climate Change and other relevant field journals) and from academic books;
- sections of relevant reports by different organisations (eg government commissioned reviews, reports by bodies such as the World Bank and NGOs);
- selected primary materials such as submissions and data sets;
- introductory general materials and viewpoints (eg articles in magazines such as The Economist or the New York Times, opinion pieces, sections from recorded talks).
A short list of core readings, as well as an extensive list of additional suggested readings for each session, will be provided through the course site on Wattle. All readings will be available electronically.
It is necessary and expected that students engage with readings before each of the six sessions of the course.
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
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|Summary of Activities
|Day 1: March 2 Topic: Climate change, economics and policy Introduction to the course, climate change science and impacts; economic approaches to climate change and methods for analysis; modelling climate change impact and economic effects; emissions trends and drivers; emissions targets; the international climate change policy regime and domestic climate policy. Guest lecturers TBA.
|Note for all sessions: elements of the topics may be shifted to some extent between the 6 days of the course, depending on availability of external guest speakers and class interest.
|Day 2: March 30 Topic: Climate change mitigation policy instruments and economics The policy toolbox for emissions reductions (climate change mitigation); market instruments and regulatory approaches; policy interactions; economic effects and economic modelling of emissions reductions policies. Country case studies of policy design. Guest lecturers TBA. Student presentations.
|Day 3: April 6 Topic: Mitigation policy practice Carbon pricing policies in practice; clean energy policies; forestry and agriculture policies; sub-national policies; the role of institutions. Focus on the transition from coal to renewables in electricity systems. Country case studies of policy implementation. Student presentations.
|Day 4: May 4 Topic: Climate change adaptation economics and policy Recap of first part of the course, Essay 1 feedback; the role of adaptation versus mitigation; adaptation as an economic issue; adaptation options and actions; adaptation policy instruments; institutions for adaptation; climate change and development; beyond adaptation: geo-engineering. Guest lecturers TBA. Student presentations.
|Day 5: May 11 Topic: Adaptation in practice Frameworks for adaptation planning and implementation; linking climate change and development; finance for adaptation action; aid and international infrastructure investment. Case studies of policies and regulation in Australia, and of adaptation programs and projects in developing countries. Guest lecturers TBA. Student presentations.
|Day 6: May 25 Topic: Decision making on climate change policy Politics and political economy of climate change, the business sector and climate policy, public opinion and the policy process, communication of climate change policy, public perceptions and psychology of climate change, science-policy interface. Guest lecturers TBA. Student presentations. Wrap-up for the course: negotiating a climate policy package.
|Essay 1: Developing a national climate change policy
|Essay 2: Chosen topic in-depth
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Participation in the online discussion forum by all students is expected, and is an important way for 'online' students to actively participate.
See assessment task 3.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Essay 1: Developing a national climate change policy
The first assignment is to develop a hypothetical climate change mitigation policy for a specific country, especially relating to material covered during days 1-3 of the course.
The assignment will include an element of group work: one part of the essay will be developed in group work, the larger part of the essay will be individual work.
Guidance about the topic, expectations, procedures and criteria for evaluation will be provided during the course.
Through the essays students engage deeply on specific questions of climate change policy and economics, applying knowledge and analytical skills gained during the course to specific policy issues. Students are expected to develop a specific proposal that is based on clearly established objectives for a particular circumstance, that takes into account issues covered so far in the course, that is supported by facts and analysis, and with some own literature-based research going beyond the material covered in the course.
Length: 2000 words excluding references (+/-10%).
35% of overall assessment.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Essay 2: Chosen topic in-depth
The second assignment is an essay that looks in-depth at a specific topic from the course, drawn from days 1-6.
Essay topics will be provided during the course; students will have freedom to customise the set topics, and to propose their own specific topic relating to any special interests.
A list of essay topics and guidance about expectations, procedures and criteria for evaluation will be provided during the course.
Through the essays students engage deeply on specific questions 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 own literature-based research going beyond the material covered in the course.
Length: 2500 words excluding references (+/-10%).
35% of overall assessment.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2
End-of-semester exam, with questions covering the entire syllabus of the course. The exam will be held online, with electronic submission through the course website. It is like a take-home exam - you do not need to be present on campus, however you do need to work on the exam during the time specified and have internet access during that time.
Further guidance and example questions will be provided during the course.
20% of overall assessment.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2
An short in-class presentation about a chosen topic, with a 2-page summary distributed via the online forum beforehand.
Student will do a short in-class presentation and lead class discussion. Presentations will normally done in pairs (two students) on joint topic, but with distinct contributions from each student.
Suggested topics will be provided and students will also be free to choose their own topics. Topics may relate to the essays in preparation (assessment tasks 1-2).
10% of overall assessment.
DUE DATE: Various dates
RETURN OF ASSESSMENT DATE: 3 days after presentation
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All submission in this course are online.
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Policy and economics of climate change and energy transition
Dr Frank Jotzo