PLNG5511 Climate Change Policy and Planning

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (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) demonstrate an advanced understanding of 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) assess the diverse drivers of climate change policy at the national level; and (4) demonstrating an understanding of 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) essay; (2) critical review of academic paper; and (3) advocacy paper. 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
One day a week over six weeks.
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