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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 (KGA104), 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
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Nicholas Earl
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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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 climate 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 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,922.00

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KGA104 Introduction to the Science of Climate Change


Teaching Pattern

Fully online unit with asynchronous online activities.

AssessmentMedia Article (20%)|5-minute video (40%)|Reflective Essay (40%)
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