The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in , 2019
Course code



10 units


6000 level

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.




    • Trimester 3 - 2019

    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