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Unit Overview


Climate change is a unique environmental issue in that its impacts are manifest on a global scale which necessitates a globally integrated policy response. This unit explores how the twin track approach of mitigation and adaptation has evolved and highlights the difficulties of reaching an effective international approach to tackling climate change.

Students will evaluate a suite of mechanisms designed to encourage or force reductions in greenhouse gas emissions (the mitigation angle) and attempts to reduce vulnerability to the impacts of climate change (the adaptation approach). Examples are taken from around the world and at local, regional and national scales to enable comparisons and identify factors which inhibit and facilitate policy effectiveness. The linkages between climate policy and other key areas such as economic policy, development policy, urban planning and other environmental issues will be highlighted throughout this unit.

Through taking this unit, students will be able to develop a high degree of critical awareness with regards to climate change policy and be better positioned to advocate for effective action on climate change.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of how socio-cultural and economic factors determine the understanding of climate change; (2) critically analyse approaches taken by individual governments and intergovernmental institutions in the field of climate change; (3) assess how climate change policy varies according to social, cultural, environmental and economic conditions; and (4) demonstrate an ability to develop an advocacy plan that considers how climate change policy can be driven through public participation.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) case study; (2) critical review; and (3) advocacy paper. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Linda Robson
Unit rules
72 points in your chosen degree
Advisable prior study
GEOG1106 Climate Change: Environment and Society (ID 7659)
Contact hours
3 hours per week
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