Postgraduate Course: Climate Change and Environmental Policy (10 credits) (CMSE11393)
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The course aims to explore climate change and environmental policy at local, national, and international -levels. This will include briefly examining the science of climate change and modelling of its environmental and societal impacts, in order to understand what underpins such policy objectives and outcomes.
This course allows students to identify and evaluate actual and proposed policy interventions, and provide a contextual understanding of the emergence and importance of carbon finance. By providing students with a grounding in the scientific basis of climate change, they will be better able to evaluate policy designs, to understand the importance of policy responses at different levels (local, national, and international) and to appreciate the complexities individuals, organisations, and institutions face in attempting to enact positive climate change and environmental outcomes.
- Introduction to policy making
- Introduction to the science of climate change
- Technologies, innovation and technical change
- International climate negotiations
- Climate and environmental policy: country case study
- Evaluating policy objectives and outcomes
- Climate and environmental policy: implications for international development
- Climate and environmental policy: implications for business
Student Learning Experience
Formal teaching occurs in lectures. Much of the learning will be the result of students' own reading and reflection, and preparation for coursework. A high level of student participation is expected, through discussion in class and working in groups. Scholarly endeavour is fundamentally about building on the discovery and insights of others, and we hope that team co-operation will enrich all students.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
||Students will be given formative feedback on their policy briefing and individual essays.
Feedback on formative assessed work will be provided within 15 working days of submission, or in time to be of use in subsequent assessments within the course, whichever is sooner. Summative marks will be returned on a published timetable, which has been made clear to students at the start of the academic year.
Feedback will comprise in-class discussions, case studies and exercises (informal peer and lecturer feedback), and essay feedback.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Explain and critically evaluate the current state of climate change science and key climate change policy initiatives, discussing the relationship between climate change science, policy and economics
- Identify major projected climate change and other environmental impacts at global, national and local scales, linking these to policy options.
- Analyse the international climate change negotiations, and discuss the relationship between international negotiations and regional, national and local action.
- Describe the costs and benefits of climate change impacts, adaptation and response measures, market failures and possible policy solutions.
- Analyse the relationships between climate change/environmental policy and carbon/environmental finance.
|Essential and recommended further readings for each week will be provided in a separate Timetable and Readings document. This will be updated periodically.|
IPCC (2013) IPCC, 2013: Summary for Policymakers. In: Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Available at: http://www.climatechange2013.org/images/report/WG1AR5_SPM_FINAL.pdf
Stern (2007) The Economics of Climate Change: The Stern Review. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Available at: http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/+/http:/www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/sternreview_index.htm Read the Executive Summary (27 pages).
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
After completing this course, students should be able to critically evaluate press coverage of climate change and environmental science and policy issues, think analytically about the financial and strategic implications for business, critically evaluate alternative policy approaches to climate change and environmental issues, and conceptualise key strategic considerations.
Subject Specific Skills:
After completing this course, students should be able to analyse new developments in climate change and environmental science and policy, and evaluate the implications for business, explain the source and nature of uncertainties in climate change science, and wider environmental implications, identify the implications for climate policy and comprehend, speak and write the language of climate change and environmental science and policy.
|Course organiser||Dr Ian Cochran
Tel: (0131 6)50 9295
|Course secretary||Mrs Kelly-Ann De Wet
Tel: (0131 6)50 8071