Geography

Low Carbon Development

Module code: 842F8
Level 7 (Masters)
30 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Essay

This course considers the implications of climate change mitigation policy and the transition to a low carbon development for developing countries. You will engage with critical debates in relation to climate change and economic development, including tensions and commonalities between developed and developing economies. These are definitive of the contemporary international policy debate and on-going negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol.

Topics covered will include: climate change scenario generation; greenhouse gas emission and stabilisation targets; technology and technology transfer; renewable energy, CCS and geo-engineering; low carbon pathways and transitions; carbon offsetting; energy models; carbon markets, CDM and post Copenhagen international market instruments; and forestry and REDD.

Module learning outcomes

  • Critically appraise trade offs and complementarities between climate change mitigation and development (both human and economic)
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of contemporary academic and policy literature relating to low carbon development
  • Apply knowledge of the above to real world policy and development problems