• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Environmental Management & Development
  • Areas of interest Environmental Studies, Climate
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Robert Costanza
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2021
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This course is available for in-person and remote (online) learning.

This course introduces students to foundations of and recent developments in international climate change policy.


Topics covered include climate change response options, and economic and policy perspectives on the problem of international cooperation; international environmental agreements, especially the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement; international carbon markets and climate finance; cooperation on technology; international dimensions of adaptation to climate change; relationship with other international objectives such as the Sustainable Development Goals; and international governance of climate change action. The course provides a non-technical introduction to some economic thinking on climate change, no prior economics study in needed.

The course convenor and main lecturer is Frank Jotzo, Professor at Crawford School, who has researched, published and advised on climate change policy for two decades, including as lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and through government advisory. Expert guest lecturers including practitioners contribute to some sessions. The course is interactive and students are encouraged to actively engage.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Be familiar with the main concepts and debates on international climate change policy.
  2. Understand the principles practice of the UN climate change framework, and of a range of issues in international climate change policy.
  3. Be able to critically assess policy proposals and evaluate future developments.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Essay 1 - Paris Agreement implementation (35) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Essay 2 - Chosen topic (35) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Presentation (10) [LO 1,2]
  4. Exam (20) [LO 1,2]

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Standard workload for a 6 unit course is 130 hours including in-class time and independent study.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

No textbook. Course materials are provided online.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $2940
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4890
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5608 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 Online View
On Campus
7763 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person View

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