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Science and Society, Politics and Policy: Climate Change as a Wicked Problem 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 Science and Society, Politics and Policy: Climate Change as a Wicked Problem
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


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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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