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This subject will allow students to further develop their understanding of climate change through a detailed consideration of future mitigation options and adaptation strategies in four areas of critical concern.
These areas include (1) energy generation and use, (2) cities and urban development, (3) water and food security, and (4) terrestrial and marine biodiversity. The subject will explore the social, environmental, economic, political and legal implications of implementing mitigation and adaptation strategies in each of these areas.
The emphasis on mitigation and adaptation and their potential interactions within particular sectors will consolidate knowledge and develop the expertise necessary for the multi-disciplinary projects in the third year subject.
Intended learning outcomes
The subject will consolidate understanding of the disciplines relevant to understanding climate change. As with the prerequisite subject, students will continue to remain involved with and focussed on the issues of immediate debate within the community, as well as developing an understanding of the long-term implications of climate change.
Outcomes of the second year subject will include an understanding of the analytical framework necessary for developing future social, environmental, economic and political responses to climate change, as well as an appreciation of the difficulties of implementing changes in policy.
On the completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:
- Quantitative skills, including an appreciation of statistical methods;
- The ability to write a logically argued and properly researched essay;
- The ability to critically assess information from a range of sources, and assess its quality and relevance to the questions under consideration.
- The ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team on a major project.
- Oral communication skills through presentation and investigation of relevant material.
Last updated: 2 December 2023