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Postgraduate Course: Climate Change & Corporate Responsibility (online) (PGGE11213)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course examines the business response to climate change.

This course is only available to students studying the online Certificate in Climate Change Management or the online MSc in Carbon Management. Students are not permitted to audit this course unless formally agreed with the course organiser.
Course description This course examines corporate responses to climate change impacts and legislation, and aims to provide students with an understanding of strategic approaches to managing climate change implications on businesses. The course will often focus on corporations in EU, UK, and Scotland as case studies. It includes practical assessments aimed at building strategic management skills and tools with specific focus on managing climate change for businesses.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to students studying the online Certificate in Climate Change Management or the online MSc in Carbon Management. Students are not permitted to audit this course unless formally agreed with the course organiser.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 5 (sem 2)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Online Activities 40, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 156 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) - Essay Assignment (consisting of a maximum of 1,000 words) - allocated in week 2, submitted in week 3 (20%)
- 'Strategy' video assignment - allocated in week 4, submitted in week 6 (30%)
- Final Report - consisting of a maximum of 3,000 words) - allocated in week 7, submitted in week 10 (50%).
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. High-level understanding of the complexity of strategically managing climate change within the context of an organization.
  2. Familiarity with the Kyoto Protocol and other legal frameworks that place restrictions on corporate greenhouse gas emissions.
  3. Understanding of sub-national, national, and international carbon markets and trading schemes.
  4. Develop climate change strategies that are aligned with the vision of the organisation under study.
  5. Produce clear and concise recommendations based on strong and convincing strategic analyses.
Reading List
No required textbook, readings for each lecture will be posted in advance of lecture. Additional resources will be drawn from reports published by IPCC, UNFCCC, Carbon Disclosure Project (, DEFRA, DECC, The Carbon Trust.

Introductory lectures will use:
Packard, K. and Reinhardt, F. (2000) 'What Every Executive Needs to Know about Global Warming', Harvard Business Review, July-August, pp. 129-135

Lash, J. and Wellington, F. (2007) 'Competitive Advantage on a Warming Planet', Harvard Business Review, March, pp. 95-102

Hoffman, A. (2007) Getting Ahead of the Curve: Corporate Strategies that Address Climate Change, Executive Summary (pp v-vii) and Synthesis Report (pp 1-7)

Porter, M. & Kramer, M. (2011) The Big Idea: Creating Shared Value, Harvard Business Review.

Goldman Sachs Sustain (2009). Change is coming: A framework for climate change- a defining issue of the 21st century, pp 1-17.

McKinsey & Company (2009) Pathways to a Low-Carbon Economy. Version 2 of the Global Greenhouse Gas Abatement Cost Curve, pp 190.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Cognitive Skills:
Through this course, students will have the opportunity to develop business analytical skills, numerical skills, research and synthesis skills, and presentation skills. These will be developed throughout the course via reading and reflecting on academic and business literature; the content of the lectures; discussion with other students and facilitators through Collaborate / Google Hangout; and assessment preparation and presentation.

Subject Specific Skills:
On completion of the course, students should be able to construct a basic carbon footprint, LCA, and carbon audit; and prepare a relevant written report demonstrating these skills. Students should have a good understanding of Carbon Disclosure Project reports, shareholder reports, investment reports, and stock market indices relating to climate change.
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Course organiserMr Stephen Porter
Tel: (0131 6)51 4545
Course secretaryMrs Alice Heatley
Tel: (0131 6)50 4866
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