Courses & Units

Climate Change: Economics, Politics and Planning KGA705



Climate change is an unprecedented crisis that is impacting the places where we live and work. We are experiencing physical impacts such as shifting weather patterns, coastal inundation and increasing risk of natural disasters. These are reconfiguring economies, politics and societies, and climate change is emerging as the determining factor in how we plan cities and regions. In this unit, you will engage with climate governance at different scale; how decisions on climate change are made at global, regional and local levels, and who and what influences these decisions. You will also learn about different economic, political and social perspectives and approaches to addressing climate change, including market-based economics, Green New Deal, degrowth and decolonisation. Developing and applying critical thinking skills, you will apply this knowledge to understand regional planning approaches, evaluate regional plans and analyse regional land use decision-making. You will gain an understanding of how regional planning can be used to achieve more effective and just climate outcomes. A field trip, and local, national and international case studies will provide you with a breadth of understanding and practical experience as you develop skills in planning for adaptative rather than maladaptive futures.


Unit name Climate Change: Economics, Politics and Planning
Unit code KGA705
Credit points 25
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences

Kate Booth

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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


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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

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Learning Outcomes


Synthesise economic, political and social knowledge of climate change to support place-based planning approaches


Critique different forms of climate politics and governance to evaluate regional and urban decision-making


Devise planning strategies and solutions at a regional scale to address complex climate problems


Implement planning techniques to advance best adaptive practice in a changing climate


Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
040103 $1,987.00 $1,987.00 not applicable $4,804.00

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Teaching Pattern



AT1 - weekly online assessment tasks, including short quizzes and mapping exercises (20%)

AT2 - 4.000 word report  (40%)

AT3 - 4,000 word essay (40%)

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