• Offered by Department of International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject International Relations
  • Areas of interest International Relations, Political Sciences
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
Climate Change, Peace and Security: Transforming Global Politics at a time of Multiple Crises (INTR8087)

This course engages with the growing body of research and global agendas seeking to interrogate the nexus of climate change, peace and security. It departs from dominant approaches that treat climate change as a distinct national or militarised security issue and one that can be treated as a separate 'issue area' from the work involved in peacebuilding, disaster management, and economic post-crisis recovery. The course aims to generate knowledge of contemporary and historical debates regarding the interdependence of the environment and the drivers of conflict and instability. A wide array of evidence and case studies from the most crisis-affected regions especially Asia and the Pacific will be employed to make visible how conflicts, disasters and humanitarian emergencies are occurring in ways that challenge prevailing models of peacebuilding and sustainable development. Bringing in diverse and multiple perspectives to peace, this course seeks to present how and why climate change – along with its various causes and consequences – is the defining issue for transforming global politics. Crucially, this course invites students to rethink global peace and security in terms of people and planet.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically evaluate key concepts, approaches and debates on the nexus of climate change, peace and security
  2. Understand the causes and consequences of how climate change intersects with conflicts, disasters, humanitarian emergencies and peacebuilding efforts
  3. Apply knowledge to analyse current and emerging cases of climate-induced conflicts, disasters and humanitarian emergencies; as well as the responses to them
  4. Develop strong written and oral communication skills in order to analyse and discuss climate change in relation to global peace and security
  5. Develop the skill of 'agenda integration' which involves seeing how separate global security and development agendas are interconnected

Indicative Assessment

  1. In-class Quizzes (20) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Case Study Report (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Creative output with student presentation (video/artwork and analysis) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Class Participation (10) [LO 1,2,4,5]

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Approximately 130 hours comprising seminars, lectures, as well as associated preparation, independent study, and assessment time.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Further information on prescribed texts will be provided via Wattle.


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

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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4440
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
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