Ideas and Concepts in Climate, Development, Economics and Policy (854F8)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

You develop a critical understanding of key concepts, theories and controversies in climate change mitigation and adaptation and the main features of international policy responses to climate change - both within and outside the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

You learn about:

  • key controversies about economic approaches to climate change such as valuation techniques, the use of economic instruments and the treatment of future generations
  • climate policies at both national and international level
  • debates on climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • differences in experiences and responses to climate change across varied regional and national contexts.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional.