Courses & Units

Climate Change Law and Policy LAW656

Note:

Winter semester intensive unit. People not currently enrolled at University, or who are currently enrolled but have not completed 150 points of study should contact the Manager, Academic Administration - Law about a possible pre-requisite waiver.

Introduction

Climate change poses enormous challenges for Australia and the international community. The level of warming already in the climate system means that law and policymakers must deal with dual policy imperatives – to manage the now-unavoidable impacts of climate change, whilst also avoiding the unmanageable impacts of further warming.  This unit examines responses to these imperatives of climate change mitigation and adaptation at the international, national and local levels. It introduces students to the science of climate change and the environmental, social and economic consequences that are projected to occur, as well as the various strategies, practices and technologies aimed at reducing anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. It then examines the international architecture for addressing climate change, including the formal legal framework and the political, economic and ethical implications of the mitigation commitments being negotiated to succeed the Kyoto Protocol. The strategies for achieving national emissions reductions are then explored, including Australia's mandatory renewable energy target, the carbon farming initiative, the emissions trading/carbon tax regime, and the current Direct Action Plan. Consideration of the role of law in promoting adaptation to the impacts of climate change at the household, local, regional, national and international scales complete this unit.

Summary

Unit name Climate Change Law and Policy
Unit code LAW656
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Law
Discipline Law
Coordinator

Prof. Jan McDonald

Teaching staff

Dr Peter Lawrence, Prof. Jan McDonald and Prof. Benjamin Richardson

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

Availability

This unit is currently unavailable.

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Fees

Domestic

Band Field of Education
2 050900

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Requisites

Completion of 150 points units of university study (ie. 12 x 12.5pt units)

Teaching

Teaching Pattern

1 online seminar in the week beginning 19/06/2017

9 x 4 hour seminar classes over three week period beginning the 26/06/2017

Assessment

Mid-semester test and end of semester examination/assignment

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Textbooks

Required

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