JCU Australia logo

Subject Search

EV5013 - Climate Change: The Science, Impacts and Solutions

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch of Earth & Environmental Sciences (pre 2015)

Is only available for postgraduate students.

This subject provides students with a broad understanding of the fundamental science underpinning natural and anthropogenic climate change and the likely impacts on natural and social systems in the 21st Century. It develops an understanding of mitigation and adaptation strategies to deal with the more adverse effects of climate change in developed and developing world contexts. The content will include an evaluation of the politics of climate change at the national and international levels and links between climate change and other global drivers such as population growth and land use change. Students will become familiar with application of climate change science and adaptation strategies to development practice.

Learning Outcomes

  • gain a broad understanding of the fundamental science underpinning natural and anthropogenic climate change and the likely impacts of anthropogenic climate change on natural and socio-economic systems over coming decades;
  • gain an understanding of mitigation and adaptation strategies to deal with the more serious negative effects of anthropogenic climate change in both developed and developing world contexts;
  • gain a broad understanding of the politics of climate change at the national and international level, notably the Kyoto Protocol;
  • gain an appreciation of links between anthropogenic climate change and other major drivers, including population growth and land-use change;
  • gain a knowledge of the application of climate change science to development practice.

Availabilities

Cairns, Block, Study Period 11
Census Date 11-Dec-2014
Face to face teaching 08-Dec-2014 to 14-Dec-2014
Coord/Lect: Professor Steve Turton.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 24 hours tutorials
  • 12 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); presentations (20%); essays (30%); assignments (10%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.