Have you noticed the climate changing around you and want to learn more? Or do you want to better understand the science that predicts Earth’s future climate? Science of Climate Change provides an authoritative and engaging entry into the subject of climate science.
Taught by climate science experts, this unit explores the impact of climate change and how it is caused by humans. You’ll discover how recent trends in climate compare to natural climate variations. You’ll learn about current climate change impacts on biodiversity and human systems, and the impacts we can expect in the future. You’ll also consider how the future will be determined by our present actions on a local and global scale.
Gaining an understanding of climate science and appreciating where the certainty and uncertainty lie are important first steps to more confidently engaging in the action that is so urgently required. This unit aims to give you a competent, basic understanding of the extensive science behind climate change, and enable you to confidently communicate climate science concepts.
100% HECS fee waiver available
To help you with your tuition fees, the University is offering 100% HECS fee waivers to eligible students in 2021 on all units in the Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Living.
Offered Entirely Online
Science of Climate Change is offered entirely online as part of the Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Living. You can complete the entire Certificate online, from anywhere in the world!
Support sustainable development
This unit is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development goals, helping to build literacy of sustainability at a global level that we are dedicated to supporting through our island state and its extraordinary beauty.
What you will learn
On successful completion of this unit you will:
- Understand why scientists are so certain that climate change is occurring and is caused by humans
- Be aware of the many impacts on biodiversity and human systems that we’re already seeing
- Know more about the changes and impacts we can expect in the future
- Be able to explain some common questions about climate change – how do recent trends in climate compare to natural climate variations; what do we need to do to slow down climate change; what is a tipping point; are extreme events related to climate change?
- Be able to interpret data that explains climate change impacts in your local area
- Be able to explain climate change to your friends and family
What the creators say...
Climate change is arguably the greatest threat that humanity has ever faced. As its effects accelerate, it’s essential we all understand how climate change is impacting us locally and globally, and how it will alter our planet’s future. In this unit, we cover the fundamentals of climate science, and show you where to go if you want to learn more. It can be as simple or as complex as you like.
Talking to people you know about climate change has been shown to be one of the most effective ways to mobilise people to take action on this future-defining issue, and this unit will give you the expertise to be able to competently and confidently discuss climate science.
– Rebecca Harris