Courses & Units

Climate Change: Who to believe? What to do? HPA249

This unit is being phased out, no new enrolments are being taken.


There is perhaps no issue in the public sphere as momentous or contentious as that of climate change. Almost daily we receive dire warnings about the end of life as we know it, together with contrary claims that the whole thing is nothing but a hoax. As good citizens we all have a responsibility to try to make sense of this confusion. But the issue of climate change is also a fascinating case study in how science works, how it interacts with the broader society, and how public policy addresses issues of global concern. This unit uses climate change as a lens through which to examine the role of experts in our society and the problem of what the rest of us should think when they disagree amongst themselves. In so doing, the unit will give you the insight and skills you need to cut through the confusion, and decide for yourself, where you stand on the climate change debate.


Unit name Climate Change: Who to believe? What to do?
Unit code HPA249
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law & Education
School of Humanities
Discipline Philosophy and Gender Studies
Teaching staff

Dr. David Coady; Dr. Richard Corry

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty


Teaching Pattern

2 x 1 hour lecture per week, over 13 wks, 1 x 1 hour tutorial per fortnight over 13 wks


3000 words written assignments 60%, 2 hour exam 40%

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