PLNG5511 Climate Change Policy and Planning

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Climate change is a unique environmental issue in that its impacts manifest on a global scale which requires a globally integrated set of responses. The unit therefore commences with an overview of environmental policy and planning theory, illustrated with examples from Australia and overseas, to identify common processes, policies and evaluation mechanisms. The unit then focuses on mitigation and adaptation which are the dual approaches being taken to address climate change and its impacts. Mitigation policies are examined through sessions focusing on the experience of the Kyoto Protocol, carbon trading, carbon capture and storage (CCS), land use and land use change and forestry (LULUCF) and reducing emissions through deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). Adaptation is addressed through discussions of policies relating to sea level rise, biodiversity, water resources, risk management and financial compensation. The unit concludes with a review of recent international and domestic policy developments and likely future trends in climate change policy and planning.
Students are able to (1) understand the complexity of climate change and its impacts from a policy and planning perspective; (2) critically analyse approaches taken by individual governments and intergovernmental institutions in the field of climate change; (3) appreciate the diverse drivers of climate change policy at the national level; and (4) fully understand the design, potential and limitations of policies in the spheres of climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a learning diary based on critical analysis of five key readings (25 per cent); (2) a problem-based learning assignment (35 per cent); and (3) sighted examination at end of semester (40 per cent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Julian Clifton
Unit rules
enrolment in postgraduate course
Contact hours
3 hours per week. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-TP-2_2019]
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