The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2018

Course handbook


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.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Trimester 3 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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.


Topics 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

Assumed knowledge

Completion of an appropriate undergraduate degree.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Unit Exercises/Critiques

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Group Tutorial Facilitation

Written Assignment: Research Assignment

Contact hours



Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

On campus delivery: Lecture for 2 hours and tutorial for 1 hour per week for twelve weeks of the semester.


Online 4 hour(s) per Week for 2 Weeks

On-line delivery: Online tutorial participation of 2-3 hours per week and directed private study for 6-8 hours per week.