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GEOG1106 Climate Change: Environment and Society

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1OnlineOnline timetabled
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Geographical Sciences major sequence
  • Level 1 option in the Human Geography and Planning major sequence
  • Level 1 elective
Climate change is widely acknowledged as the most challenging issue of the twenty first century, with impacts being manifest across local, regional and global scales in the natural and human environment. Recognising how these impacts are reflective of the physical environment and aspects of human society is essential to developing a fully integrated understanding of the influence of climate change.

This unit introduces and applies the concepts of vulnerability and resilience to explore how climate change has shaped both environment and society. These concepts will be examined across both space and time, exploring how climate change shaped the physical world and society in pre-industrial times and moving to detailed examination of how contemporary climate change is impacting natural environments and modern society. Case studies will draw upon the expertise of the inter-disciplinary teaching staff. A strongly interactive pedagogical approach will be adopted, incorporating active learning and participation to encourage students to develop a nuanced and refined appreciation of the complexity of climate change and its impacts.

Through taking this unit, students will be able to 1) identify the fundamental scientific processes of climate change; 2) explain the concepts of environmental resilience, vulnerability and adaptation; 3) discuss how climate change affected pre-industrial environments and societies; 4) compare and contrast the impacts of climate change on environment and society in the modern world.
Students are able to (1) identify the fundamental scientific processes of climate change; (2) explain the concepts of environmental resilience, vulnerability and adaptation; (3) discuss how climate change affected pre-industrial environments and diverse societies; and (4) compare and contrast the impacts of climate change on environments, societies and cultures in the modern world.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) policy brief; (2) short essay; and (3) practical class portfolio. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Julian Clifton
Unit rules
Contact hours
Lectures: 2 hrs per week for up to 12 weeks
Practicals: 2 hrs per week for up to 12 weeks
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