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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. Field trips, 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 adaptive rather than maladaptive futures.


Unit name Climate Change: Economics, Politics and Planning
Unit code KGA705
Credit points 25
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Coordinator Associate Professor Kate Booth
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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


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Key Dates

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

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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

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
040103 $2,075.00 $2,075.00 not applicable $5,044.00

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Teaching Pattern

Two 1-hr online lectures per week; one 2-hr workshop per week (online for distance students); Two full-day field trips (online for distance students); plus readings.

AssessmentOnline task (20%)|4000 word essay (40%)|Report (40%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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