Climate Science and Policy, 15 credits (746A66)

Climate Science and Policy, 15 hp

Course description

The aim of the course is to give the students a thorough and up-to-date understanding of the challenges facing climate science, policy and governance. The course is organised around two themes: i) Climate science and ii) Climate policy and governance. During the first theme the students situate climate science in a historical perspective (Archean-Anthropocene) and analyze the role of orbital movements, plate tectonics, insolation, and human-induced changes on climate. This theme includes laboratory exercises focusing on soil carbon storage and examines scientific data for modelling climate change and its impacts at local and global scales. During the second course theme the students address the political interpretation of and response to climate change at international and transnational levels. The students assess the dynamics of UN conference diplomacy, how climate adaptation and mitigation strategies are articulated and enacted across multiple levels of governance, and explore the potential of low carbon development pathways. 

Main field of study

No main field of study

Level

Second cycle

Course type

Programme course

Examiner

Joyanto Routh

Course coordinator

Joyanto Routh

Director of studies or equivalent

Veronica Brodén Gyberg
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus VOF
F7MSU Science for Sustainable Development, master's programme - First and main admission round 1 (Autumn 2020) v202044-202103 English Linköping o
F7MSU Science for Sustainable Development, master's programme - Second admission round (open only for Swedish/EU students) 1 (Autumn 2020) v202044-202103 English Linköping o

Main field of study

No main field of study

Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level

A1X

Course offered for

  • Master´s Programme in Science for Sustainable Development

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree/kandidatexamen (equivalent for example a professional degree) of at least 180 ECTScredits, including a 15 ECTS credit degree paper or equivalent. Relevant background is studies within natural science, socialscience, health science, humanities or engineering that relate to the environmental, social or economic aspects of sustainabledevelopment. Documented knowledge of English equivalent to Engelska B/Engelska 6.

Prerequisites

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree/kandidatexamen (equivalent for example a professional degree) of at least 180 ECTScredits, including a 15 ECTS credit degree paper or equivalent. Relevant background is studies within natural science, social science, health science, humanities, or engineering that relate to the environmenta, social or economic aspects of sustainable development. 

Documented knowledge of English equivalent to Engelska B/Engelska 6.

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the student should be able to:
- understand the natural and anthropogenic driving forces shaping Earth’s climate
- link biogeochemical carbon cycle to natural and anthropogenic interactions and climate change
- analyse feedback mechanisms for climate change and the evolution of the ‘climate-culture’ relationship
- model simple climate change scenarios using available data
- analyse the dynamics of international climate diplomacy
- critically assess multilevel and transnational climate governance initiatives
- formulate and critically evaluate low carbon development trajectories
- orally present and scrutinize individual and group assignments

Course content

The course is organised around two interlinked themes; i) Climate science and ii) Climate policy and governance. During the first theme the students situate climate science in a historical perspective (Archean-Anthropocene) and analyze the role of orbital movements, plate tectonics, insolation, and human-induced changes on climate. This theme includes laboratory exercises focusing on soil carbon storage and examines scientific data for modelling climate change and its impacts at local and global scales. During the second course theme the students address the political interpretation of and response to climate change at international and transnational levels. The students assess the dynamics of UN conference diplomacy, how climate adaptation and mitigation strategies are articulated and enacted across multiple levels of governance, and explore the potential of low carbon development pathways. 

Teaching and working methods

The course combines a broad range of teaching forms including lectures, laboratory exercises, literature seminars and a role play. Language of instruction: English 

Examination

The course contains written exam, oral and written presentation as well as a critical discussion on others' written work. The examination forms requires active participation in laboratory work, group work, and seminars. Detailed information can be found in the Study guide.

If the LiU coordinator for students with disabilities has granted a student the right to an adapted examination for a written examination in an examination hall, the student has the right to it. If the coordinator has instead recommended for the student an adapted examination or alternative form of examination, the examiner may grant this if the examiner assesses that it is possible, based on consideration of the course objectives.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.

Grades

ECTS, EC

Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus.

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.

Department

Institutionen för Tema
UPG1 Climate science Written exam EC 9 credits
UPG2 Climate policy brief Written and oral presentation EC 3 credits
UPG3 Climate policy reflection Written presentation EC 3 credits

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