ENVS6545

Impact Assessment and Climate Change Policy

10 Units

Climate change is a leading environmental and public policy issue in Australia and globally. This course will explain the use of impact assessment methodology in assisting policymakers, business and the community better understand the likely consequences of climate change at various spatial and temporal levels. This course will provide an overview of project-based and strategic assessment approaches and analysis of key policy debates on climate change within Australia and Internationally.

Faculty Faculty of Science and Information Technology
School School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Availability Trimester 3 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. An understanding of impact assessment methodology and its application to public policymaking on climate change.
  2. Acquire an insight into the nature and use of impact assessment techniques and the current public policy issues within Australia and internationally on the human response to climate change.
Content

Topics will generally include:

  • Introduction to climate change
  • History of environmental impact assessment (EIA) and contemporary challenges
  • Impact assessment methodologies and theory
  • Impact assessment and climate change
  • International climate change policy
  • Climate change policy in Australia
Assumed Knowledge Completion of an appropriate undergraduate degree.
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Unit Exercises/Critiques
  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Group Tutorial Facilitation
  • Written Assignment: Research Assignment
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term (On campus delivery: Lecture for 2 hours and tutorial for 1 hour per week for twelve weeks of the semester.)
  • Tutorial: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Weeks (On-line delivery: Online tutorial participation of 2-3 hours per week and directed private study for 6-8 hours per week.)
Course Materials
  • "The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change" & "Environmental Impact Assessment in Australia"
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for ENVS6545

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