Impact Assessment and Climate Change Policy

Course code ENVS6545Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

Climate change is a leading environmental and public policy issue in Australia and globally. This course will explain the use of impact assessment methodology in assisting policymakers, business and the community better understand the likely consequences of climate change at various spatial and temporal levels. This course will provide an overview of project-based and strategic assessment approaches and analysis of key policy debates on climate change within Australia and Internationally.

Available in 2015

WebLearn GradSchoolTrimester 3
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will have:

1. an understanding of impact assessment methodology and its application to public policymaking on climate change.
2. Acquire an insight into the nature and use of impact assessment techniques and the current public policy issues within Australia and internationally on the human response to climate change.
ContentTopics will generally include:
* Introduction to climate change
* History of environmental impact assessment (EIA) and contemporary challenges
* Impact assessment methodologies and theory
* Impact assessment and climate change
* International climate change policy
* Climate change policy in Australia
Replacing Course(s)This course replaces ENVS6540 Environmental Impact Assessment.
TransitionNot required - This course replaces ENVS6540 from Semester 2, 2008 onwards.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeCompletion of an appropriate undergraduate degree.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
External Mode
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsTutorial paper and facilitation
Other: (please specify)Unit critiques
ReportsResearch report
Contact HoursTutorial: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for ENVS6545