Courses & Units

Bridging Science and Policy for Sustainability KGA319



This interdisciplinary unit is available as an elective and is suitable for students with backgrounds including (but not limited to) Science, English, Government, History, Law, Management, Psychology and/or Sociology. Please consult the School of Land and Food (Geography and Spatial Science Discipline) for information.  This unit will proceed once the quota of fifteen students is reached.


Climate change is an immensely complex social and environmental problem with implications for knowledge creation, policy development, professional practice, technological advance and everyday life. This unit will help you to interpret and integrate a wide range of disciplinary perspectives and practical questions relevant to how climate change is being variously understood and addressed. Case based learning that uses real world situations and examples drawn both locally and from around the globe will help you to critically evaluate approaches to maintaining social and ecological resilience in the face of change. Assessment will be based on your demonstrated ability to synthesise different perspectives in group activities and individual reflective and academic writing.


Unit name Bridging Science and Policy for Sustainability
Unit code KGA319
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Technology, Environments and Design
Discipline Geography and Spatial Sciences
Coordinator Dr Stewart Williams
Teaching staff

Dr Stewart Williams, guest lecturers

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


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Intensive Session Jun On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Intensive Session Jun 22/6/2020 26/6/2020 3/7/2020 12/7/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,108.00 090309

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    25 Credit Points in Interrmediate level units


Teaching Pattern

2-hr lecture and 2-hr tutorial weekly


Group discussions (20%); group presentation and 2000-word group report (30%); 2000-word essay (30%); 2 x 1000-word journal entries (20%)

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RecommendedHulme, M. (2009) Why we disagree about climate change: understanding controversy, inaction and opportunity. Cambridge University Press: New York
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