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Unit description

Examines climate change, one of the most pressing environmental issues of our time impacting legislation, economics, politics, corporate and public behaviour. Particular attention is paid to the important role of international law and policy, as well as national regulations of various countries in the fight against climate change. Discussions focus on existing and emerging regulations and frameworks in Australia and internationally, and their impact on the business and public sectors, and on incentives for businesses to reduce emissions, comply with environmental laws, and participate in voluntary programs. Deforestation, and forest protection through international and national programs and regulations, are also discussed.

Unit content

Topic 1: The context of climate change

Topic 2: The international climate change regime

Topic 3: Mitigation policies and mechanisms

Topic 4: Carbon Taxes

Topic 5:  Emissions trading and carbon markets

Topic 6: Climate law development in Australia

Topic 7: Renewable Energy, Adaptation

Topic 8: Protection of forests and the REDD framework

Topic 9:  Risks and opportunities; climate change litigation

Topic 10: Climate change policies of BRIC countries

Topic 11: Key Issues and Developments in Post-Kyoto Climate Change Negotiations

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1critically examine laws and policies related to climate change at the international, national, state and local levels.
2evaluate the effectiveness of Australian climate regime in the context of the global climate change developments
3analyse the concepts of sustainable development, climate justice, mitigation and adaptation
4demonstrate knowledge and understanding of international and Australian climate change laws and policies through critical and reflective analysis of course concepts

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. critically examine laws and policies related to climate change at the international, national, state and local levels.
  2. evaluate the effectiveness of Australian climate regime in the context of the global climate change developments
  3. analyse the concepts of sustainable development, climate justice, mitigation and adaptation
  4. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of international and Australian climate change laws and policies through critical and reflective analysis of course concepts

Prescribed Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts
  • Evgeny Guglyuvatyy, 2022, Climate Change, Forests and Federalism: Australian Experience, Springer Nature, Singapore. ISBN: 978-981-19-0742-5.
Prescribed Learning Resources may change in future Teaching Periods

Teaching and assessment

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