• Class Number 3536
  • Term Code 3340
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic Online
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Dr Frank Jotzo
    • Dr Frank Jotzo
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 17/04/2023
  • Class End Date 02/06/2023
  • Census Date 28/04/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 28/04/2023
SELT Survey Results

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.

Research-Led Teaching

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.

Field Trips


Additional Course Costs


Examination Material or equipment


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);
  • 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 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 Week 1, 17/21 April Topic 1: Introductions and expectation; climate change science and impacts Topic 2: Emissions trends, drivers and targets
2 Week 2, 24/28 April Topic 3: Economics of climate change mitigation Topic 4: Decarbonisation and how to get to net zero emissions
3 Week 3, 1/5 May Topic 5: Policy toolbox for emissions reductions Topic 6: Emissions reductions policy practice: Australia
4 Week 4, 8/12 May Topic 7: Emissions reductions policy practice: EU, US, China Topic 8: Climate change adaptation policy principles
5 Week 5, 15/19 May Topic 9: Climate change adaptation policy practice Topic 10: Climate change finance and sustainable development
6 Week 6, 22/26 May Topic 11: Politics and societal decisionmaking on climate change Topic 12: Governing solar radiation management
7 Course sessions are scheduled from 17 April to 26 May 2023. There will be two lectures each Monday, these will be given online. You are encouraged to take part live with the opportunity for Q&A, but you have the option to watch the recordings. You need to take part in, or watch, both lectures (A and B). There will be two seminars each Friday; you have the choice whether to take part in the two in-person seminars (A and B) or the two online seminars (A and B) each Friday. You are expected to take part live in the seminars/tutorials, and to have taken part in or viewed the respective lectures beforehand. Lecture A - live online - both cohorts - 75mins - Monday 11am - 12.15pm Lecture B - live online - both cohorts - 75 mins - Monday 3pm - 4.15pm Seminar A - in person - 75mins - Friday 9am - 10.15am Seminar B - in person - 75 mins - Friday 11am - 12.15pm Seminar A - online - 75 mins - Friday 2pm - 3.15pm Seminar B - online - 75 mins - Friday 4pm - 5.15pm Assessments and assignments: · Pre-course reflection, uploaded on Discussion Forum. By 15 April. 150-300 words. Not graded. · In-class presentation (recorded presentation plus live interaction in class; written summary 500-800w), group work encouraged with individual specific contributions. 15% of overall mark. · Reflection on one topic expanding from the session content, uploaded on Discussion Forum. 600-800w, 10%. · Policy strategy essay: a structured topic relating to 1st half of the course. Optional small group work component. Task is to define a strategy and with decisions about particular issues, on the basis of arguments informed by the course content. Due 11 May, allowing feedback well before deadline for the Essay. 1500w, 30%. · Deep-dive essay: in-depth exploration of a topic of students’ choice. Expecting work do be done mostly after end of interactive sessions. Due 6 June, 2500w, 45%.

Assessment Summary

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 % 11/05/2023 22/05/2023 1, 2, 3 - Policy strategy essay
Deep-dive essay 45 % 06/06/2023 07/07/2023 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


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 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

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2 - Presentation

Presentation in class

A short in-class presentation about a chosen topic, with a short summary and recorded presentation uploaded beforehand. Can be done in group work, or individually.

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.

Discussions based on the presentations take place during seminars (Fridays). A short recorded talk and written summary are due before the day of the seminar.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2 - Reflection


Written 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. To be submitted in the week when the chosen topic is discussed.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 11/05/2023
Return of Assessment: 22/05/2023
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: 11 May 2023.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 45 %
Due Date: 06/06/2023
Return of Assessment: 07/07/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3 - Deep dive essay

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.

A list of essay topics and guidance about expectations, procedures and criteria for evaluation will be provided during the course. Students are free to customise the set topics, and to propose their own specific topic in consultation with the convenor.

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%). 

A short (5min) validation will be required by video call during 7-16 June, slots will be available by sign-up sheet.

45% of overall assessment.

Due date: 6 June 2023.

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. 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

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Dr Frank Jotzo
02 6125 4367

Research Interests

Dr Frank Jotzo

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