Start date: 28 June 2021. End date: 9 July 2021
The final assessment will be due Sunday 18 July.
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 manageable the now-unavoidable impacts of climate change, whilst also avoiding the unmanageable impacts of further warming. There is also increasing recognition that there will be impacts ‘beyond adaptation’, that must be compensated for.
This unit examines responses to these imperatives of climate change mitigation, adaptation, and loss and damage at the international, national and local levels. It is designed to help students understand the fundamentals of international and domestic climate law and policy, in order to provide a platform for further engagement or research in the field. Its approach is cross-disciplinary, comparative, and analytical. The unit does not aspire to be comprehensive in its coverage of every issue, but aims to introduce students to key concepts and the range of issues presented by this dynamic policy field.
|Unit name||Climate Change Law and Policy|
|College/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
|Coordinator||Professor Janet (Jan) McDonald|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|Hobart||Intensive Session Jun||Off-Campus||International||Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
|Intensive Session Jun||27/6/2022||1/7/2022||7/7/2022||17/7/2022|
* 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 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.
- Describe and explain the causes and likely impacts of climate change and the range of strategies available to mitigate, adapt to, compensate for, and postpone its effects.
- Describe and explain the key elements of the national and international climate law regime, including division of powers, legal and regulatory tools.
- Critically evaluate the social, political, ethical, economic and ecological factors that influence the development and implementation of climate law and policy nationally and internationally.
- Effectively communicate orally and in writing on issues relating to climate change law and policy.
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
- FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4
1 Please refer here more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses can be found here
3 Please refer here for eligibility for HECS-HELP
4 Please refer here for eligibility for FEE-HELP
Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.
Prerequisites50 credit points of Introductory units - to do this unit it is recommended that you have completed LAW107
You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:LAW656
|Assessment||Test or quiz (10%)|Examination - take home (50%)|Presentation (40%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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