- Class Number 1609
- Term Code 3220
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Topic Online
- Mode of Delivery Online
- Dr Frank Jotzo
- Dr Frank Jotzo
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 17/01/2022
- Class End Date 10/04/2022
- Census Date 18/02/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 31/01/2022
- Chell Lyons
- Mousami Prasad
- Wendy Conway-Lamb
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand and contextualise key concepts and current debates on climate change economics and policy.
- Investigate how principles of climate change policy are translated into policy frameworks and instruments.
- Critically reflect on the practical application of climate change policy instruments in different economic, social and political contexts.
- Assess policy proposals and advocate alternative policy approaches based on analysis of evidence.
The course draws directly on the course convenor's ongoing research. 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. The course also taps into the experience and practice of several guest lecturers from the policy, business, NGO and research community.
Additional Course Costs
Examination Material or equipment
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);
- reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change;
- 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).
Readings will be provided through the course site on Wattle, differentiated by 'core' and 'additional' readings. All readings will be available electronically.
It is necessary and expected that students engage with readings before each of the workshops of the course.
Engage with readings and other recommended materials.
Read current in-depth coverage of climate change policy in quality media and on specialists portals.
Follow your convenor on Twitter @frankjotzo.
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
Student FeedbackANU 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.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||31 Jan (and 4 Feb tutorial) 1a: Introductions; climate change science and impacts 1b: Emissions trends, drivers and targets Introduction to the course: context and participants (referring to pre-course reflections), overview of climate change science and impacts. An introduction to technical, economic and policy dimensions of emissions growth and reductions over time.||Course delivery format: The course consists of interactive workshop sessions, online engagement and tutorials/Q&A sessions. Workshop sessions are held on Mondays. They are offered in person (mornings) and online (afternoons). You choose either one to take part. Some sessions (guest lecturers) will be offered only online (afternoon). You are expected to prepare by viewing recorded online lecture segments and engaging with readings. Additional online engagement on the MS Teams platform. Detailed session descriptions will be available on the Wattle site from 17 January. Students are asked to engage with the course material from 17 January onwards. Students are required to submit a pre-course reflection by 28 January. Instructions will be on the Wattle course page.|
|2||7 Feb (tutorial 11 Feb) 2a: Decarbonisation and how to get to net zero 2b: Economics of climate change mitigation Technical and system-wide options for decarbonisation and achieving net zero emissions. Economic ways of thinking about climate change and climate change mitigation, economic modelling approaches.|
|3||14 Feb (tutorial 18 Feb ) 3a: Policy toolbox for climate change mitigation 3b: Mitigation policy in practice The policy toolbox for emissions reductions (climate change mitigation), including market instruments and regulatory approaches and policy interactions. Climate policy and climate policy packages in practices, with some country case studies.||Policy strategy essay due 22 Feb. This essay relates to topics 1-3.|
|4||21 Feb (tutorial 25 Feb) 4a: Institutions for climate change policy 4b: Climate change adaptation principles and policy The role of institutions to underpin climate change policy, including national strategies for emissions reductions and adaptation to climate change. Climate change adaptation options and actions, approaches and policy instruments.|
|5||28 Feb (tutorial 4 March) 5a: Climate change and development 5b: Climate change finance The role of climate change in development, links between climate policy and development outcomes. Types and modalities of finance for climate change; the finance sector as a driver of decarbonisation.|
|6||7 March (tutorial 11 March) 6a: Politics and societal decision making on climate policy 6b: Outlook: will we need solar radiation management? Politics and political economy of climate change, interest groups and climate policy, public opinion and the policy process. Will the world need to resort to geo-engineering to limit climate change, and if so how to govern it?|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Presentation in class||15 %||*||*||1, 2 - Presentation|
|Reflection||10 %||*||*||1, 2 - Reflection|
|Policy strategy essay||30 %||22/02/2022||15/03/2022||1, 2, 3 - Policy strategy essay|
|Deep-dive essay||45 %||08/04/2022||06/05/2022||1, 2, 3 - Deep dive essay|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Class attendance and active participation in class is strongly recommended, for workshops either in person or in the online sessions, and for tutorials online.
There is a firm expectation that students will have prepared for each workshop session and actively engage in class and/or in online forums.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2 - Presentation
Presentation in class
A 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 discussion on a topic of their choice, and provide a short written document and recorded presentation beforehand.
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.
This assignment provides for timely deep engagement with a particular topic and interaction in the groups.
15% of overall assessment.
Presentations will take place during workshops and tutorials (31 Jan to 7 March). A short recorded talk and written summary are due before the day of the workshop or tutorial.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2 - Reflection
Reflection on one topic expanding from the session content.
Free choice of topic based on readings, lectures and workshop discussions. However, topic must be different from that of the Presentation.
This assignment provides for in-depth asynchronous engagement with a particular topic, usually in the aftermath of class discussions.
To be uploaded and available to all students for discussion online.
10% of overall assessment.
To be submitted in the week when the chosen topic is discussed (31 Jan to 11 March).
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3 - Policy strategy essay
Policy strategy essay
The assignment is to develop a hypothetical climate change mitigation policy for a specific country, on the basis of arguments informed by the course content.
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. Includes an optional group work component.
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.
Length: 1500 words excluding references (+/-10%).
30% of overall assessment.
Due date: 22 Feb 2022.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3 - Deep dive essay
The main assessment task of the course: 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%).
45% of overall assessment.
Due date: 8 April 2022.
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All submission in this course are online.
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Policy and economics of climate change and energy transition. Head of Energy, ANU Institute for Climate, Energy and Disasters Solutions. Director, Centre for Climate and Energy Policy. IPCC lead author. Twitter @frankjotzo
Dr Frank Jotzo
Dr Frank Jotzo