• Class Number 4641
  • Term Code 3130
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic Online
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Dr Frank Jotzo
    • Dr Frank Jotzo
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/02/2021
  • Class End Date 28/05/2021
  • Census Date 31/03/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
    • Mousami Prasad
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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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Be familiar with the main concepts and debates on climate change economics and policy within countries;
  2. Understand the principles and practical application of key policy instruments for climate change in different contexts;
  3. Be able to critically assess policy proposals and put forward possible approaches.

Research-Led Teaching

The course draws directly on the course convenor's ongoing research, and also on the experience and practice of several guest lecturers from the policy, business, NGO and research community. 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.

Field Trips


Additional Course Costs


Required Resources


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.

Engage with readings and other recommended materials.

Read in-depth coverage of climate change policy in quality

Follow your convenor on Twitter @frankjotzo.

Staff Feedback

Students 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

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.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Weeks 1-2 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. Course delivery format: The course consists of interactive workshop sessions, online engagement and tutorials/Q&A sessions. Workshop sessions are held every 2 weeks, starting in week 2. They are offered in person (mornings) and alternatively online (afternoons). You choose either one to take part. Some sessions (guest lecturers) will be offered only online (afternoon). Tutorials/Q&As are held every 2 weeks, starting in week 1, online (afternoons). Online engagement will be through recorded lectures, web-based discussion forum, some specific activities and readings. Note on session descriptions: The precise topics will be announced on the course webpage, and will vary in some details as the course is being updated.
2 Weeks 3-4 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.
3 Weeks 5-6 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.
4 Weeks 7-8 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.
5 Weeks 9-10 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.
6 Weeks 11-12 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. Wrap-up for the course: negotiating a climate policy package.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Essay 1: Developing a national climate change policy 35 % 14/04/2021 30/04/2021 1,2,3 (Essay 1)
Essay 2: Chosen topic 35 % 09/06/2021 * 1,2,3 (Essay 2)
Exam 20 % 03/06/2021 16/06/2021 1,2 (Exam)
Presentation 10 % * * 1,2

* 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.


Class attendance and active participation in class is expected, either in person or in the online sessions.

There is a firm expectation that students will have prepared for each workshop session by going through the online preparatory material (including recorded lectures), and engage with readings, before each workshop session.


See assessment task 3.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 35 %
Due Date: 14/04/2021
Return of Assessment: 30/04/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3 (Essay 1)

Essay 1: Developing a national climate change policy

The first assignment is to develop a hypothetical climate change mitigation policy for a specific country, relating to material covered in the first half of the course.

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.

One part of the essay can be done in group work, the larger part of the essay will be individual work.

Length: 2000 words excluding references (+/-10%). 

35% of overall assessment.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 35 %
Due Date: 09/06/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3 (Essay 2)

Essay 2: Chosen topic

The second assignment is an essay that looks in-depth at a specific topic from any aspect of the course.

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

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 03/06/2021
Return of Assessment: 16/06/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2 (Exam)


End-of-semester exam, with questions covering the entire syllabus of the course. The exam will be held online, as a take-home exam over a period of 2 hours in the afternoon, with electronic submission through the course website. You do not need to be on campus.

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

20% of overall assessment.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2


An short in-class presentation about a chosen topic, with a short summary distributed via the online forum beforehand.

Each student will do a short in-class presentation and engage in class discussion. Can be done in group work, or separately yet in coordination with other students.

Suggested topics will be provided. Student presentations normally expand on a particular aspect of the topics discussed in class. Students are free to customize the presentation topics.

10% of overall assessment.

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

All submission in this course are online.

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.

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.

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
02 6125 4367

Research Interests

Policy and economics of climate change and energy transition. Director, Centre for Climate and Energy Policy. Twitter @frankjotzo

Dr Frank Jotzo

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Mousami Prasad

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