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Climate Change Mitigation (ENST90033)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeENST90033
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject will focus on the complex topic of climate change mitigation. Climate change mitigation includes actions we take globally, nationally and individually to limit changes in the global climate caused by human activities. Mitigation activities are designed to reduce greenhouse emissions and/or increase the amount of greenhouse gases removed from the atmosphere by greenhouse sinks.

The subject will provide a critical and multidisciplinary overview of strategies for climate change mitigation but focuses on the technical feasibility and effectiveness of different mitigation options in the many different sectors that emit or sequester greenhouse gases. We will discuss in detail the emissions profiles and potentials for reducing emissions in energy systems, transport, buildings and industry, but we also include agriculture and land based systems and new breakthrough technologies. The subject will discuss the criteria and considerations for evaluating climate change mitigation, assess the feasibility in a technical and economic sense and the potential transformation pathways.

The strengths and weaknesses of mitigation strategies will be discussed in the context of national and international frameworks and economies. It will be demonstrated that climate change mitigation cannot be achieved by a single action but that multiple approaches may be necessary to achieve meaningful mitigation and that many societal sectors will be required to take action.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subjects students will be able to:

  • demonstrate familiarity with climate change mitigation theories and practices
  • assess the relevance of opportunities for climate change mitigation at a range of scales
  • identify realistic climate change mitigation strategies at a range of scales; and
  • evaluate the barriers and limits to these strategies

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students will have:

  • specialist knowledge in the fields of climate change mitigation and policy
  • skills for analysing challenges of climate change mitigation at a range of scales
  • capacity to apply knowledge from a range of scientific perspectives to understand climate change challenges
  • capacity to envision and critically evaluate strategies for facilitating climate change mitigation in a range of contexts

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Students are expected to have a general understanding of the nature of anthropogenic climate change, and its likely range of impacts.

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • Short quizzes held weekly which are based on material covered in prior week’s lectures (10%),
  • A 15 minute oral presentation due during semester, 25%
  • An essay (3000 words) due at the end of semester, 65%

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorStefan Arndt
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours36 hours (one x two hour seminar and one x one hour tutorial each week)
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

Time commitment details

Students will be expected to devote 170 hours of study to this subject over the semester, including assessments and readings.

Further information

Last updated: 16 August 2019