• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Environmental Management & Development
  • Areas of interest Environmental Studies, Policy Studies, Climate
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Frank Jotzo
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2022
    See Future Offerings

In 2022 the class dates are 31 Jan; 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 Feb; 4, 7, 11 Mar.

Climate change is a key concern for public policy making, including as part of core economic policy. Decarbonisation will require changes in technologies, production and consumption, and means transition in some industries. Meanwhile, communities and businesses will need to prepare for impacts from climate change and adapt to them. Climate policy is contested and poses challenges for institutions and political decision making. 

This course is about the frameworks, choice and design of policy for climate change at the national and sub-national level. It provides an introduction to the principles of domestic policymaking for climate change, and their application in practice. It allows students to become familiar with some of the major debates on climate change policy in the economic and political context, including selected current policy debates in Australia and other countries. The course provides a grounding to enable students to do their own analysis of climate policy instruments and options. Students are encouraged to actively engage and share their own perspectives. The course covers economic concepts, these are presented in a way that is accessible to non-economists and the course does not require prior study of economics.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand and contextualise key concepts and current debates on climate change economics and policy.
  2. Investigate how principles of climate change policy are translated into policy frameworks and instruments.
  3. Critically reflect on the practical application of climate change policy instruments in different economic, social and political contexts.
  4. Assess policy proposals and advocate alternative policy approaches based on analysis of evidence.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Essay 1 (2000 words) (35) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Essay 2 (2000 words) (35) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Short seminar presentation (10) [LO 1,2]
  4. Exam (20) [LO 1,2]

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For a 6 unit course the standard workload is 130 hours including class attendance, online activities and independent study.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading

Course materials are provided online.

Assumed Knowledge

EMDV8080 International Climate Change Policy is a complementary course covering climate policy interactions between countries.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
2022 $4440 Standard Rate
2022 $3510 Grandfathered Rate*

*continuing students in nominated programs only. See fee website

International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $5700
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
On Campus
1608 17 Jan 2022 31 Jan 2022 18 Feb 2022 10 Apr 2022 In Person View
1609 17 Jan 2022 31 Jan 2022 18 Feb 2022 10 Apr 2022 Online View

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