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Responding to Climate Change KGA105



The course of climate change can be altered, and science tells us the next decade will be crucial. Averting a climate catastrophe depends on rapid action to reduce greenhouse gases, as well as widespread adaptation to minimise the impact of the changes already being felt. This unit considers why we have not acted quickly as a society so far and what some of our options are going forward. We will explore policy responses and practical solutions that may help us reduce the most damaging changes to Earth’s climate and associated impacts on human and natural systems.

Building on the knowledge of climate science gained in Introduction to the Science of Climate Change, the unit explores pathways to reduce the most extreme effects of climate change, including international agreements on reduction of greenhouse gases and other mitigation measures such as carbon sequestration and drawdown and alternative energy sources. The unit additionally examines social movement demands and communication of climate change. In this unit you will also look at climate change through the lens of ethics, justice and injustice, and investigate how indigenous knowledges can instruct us in our responses to climate change. You will think about climate change and system change and ask whether current economic systems based on growth are compatible with averting catastrophic climate change.


Unit name Responding to Climate Change
Unit code KGA105
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences

Rebecca Harris

Teaching staff

Nick Earl

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


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

* 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).

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Learning Outcomes


Explain key national and international policy responses relevant to mitigating climate change and future energy scenarios in Australia


Discuss adaptations, including options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, that will be necessary to live on a changing planet


Explain the ethical, justice and equality issues related to climate change across Australia and internationally.


Identify solutions to engage individuals and society in addressing climate change


Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
050999 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,783.00

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Teaching Pattern

Fully online unit


AT1 - Infographic (20%)

AT2 - 800 word Assignment (40%)

AT3 - 1000 word Assignment (40%)

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