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Climate Change: Why People Disagree (PPMN20002)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codePPMN20002
Semester 1
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Science says it’s real. Why is it that some people disagree?

This subject explores why some people dispute climate change, despite high levels of scientific agreement about the physical processes leading to global warming. It will take seriously the widest possible range of perspectives on climate change, locally, nationally and globally, and ask which views and what knowledge counts when it comes to climate change.

This subject will critically investigate the ways in which scientific knowledge, competing value systems, and considerations of power intersect when it comes to climate change policy. It will give students the concepts and tools to understand and engage with disputes around climate change and equip them to understand other controversial policy questions.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Understand and critically compare competing understandings and framings of climate change and climate change policy both in Australia and globally;
  • Understand the different types of knowledge and expertise, the competing values and interests, and the role of public opinion and democratic deliberation which shape climate
  • Understand the ways in which knowledge about climate change is developed and communicated;
  • Use the knowledge and insights gained to help in interpreting and evaluating other controversial and so-called 'wicked' policy problems;
  • Communicate effectively in oral and written formats.

Generic skills

Upon successful completion of this subject, students will have skills in:

  • reading, writing and presenting clearly and analytically
  • conducting library searches for relevant literatures
  • understanding multiple perspectives including those they do not share

Last updated: 20 September 2019