Course Title: Climate Change Responses

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Climate Change Responses

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Lauren Rickards

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2328

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bulding 8, level 11

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

As climate change proceeds, in tandem with other issues flagged by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, we need to think critically about how we are, and should be, responding. In this course you will gain integrated, critical knowledge of climate change responses in theory and practice. Looking at responses from the individual to institutional to international level, you will explore the social, cultural, political and psychological aspects of such responses and the practical challenges they pose. You will gain a sophisticated understanding of how responses including adaptation, mitigation, climate-smart development, resilience thinking and carbon sequestration are shaped by existing contexts and demand new capabilities. 

The course focuses on the complex “human dimensions” of climate change. Drawing on case studies from around the world, you will be required to consider how climate change is understood and framed differently by diverse groups of people, relates to other pressing challenges such as urbanisation and poses opportunities for positive transformational change. In particular, you will explore the conceptual and practical issues climate change poses to different groups including urban dwellers and planners. You will develop an understanding of how we can respond to the complex issues of vulnerability, adaptive capacity, justice and ethics that incremental and transformational responses generate. You will learn to identify key barriers to ideal climate change responses and possible strategies for addressing them. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

MC222 Master of International and Urban Environmental Management

In course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on recent trends and scholarly analysis of the effects and consequences of urbanisation internationally, including the interplay of ecological, economic, political, social and cultural factors 
  • Apply the specialist knowledge and technical skills required to understand particular contexts and prepare appropriate solutions to a range of environmental and urban challenges 
  • Clearly communicate complex research findings, proposals and plans to diverse audiences. 

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Knowledgeably discuss the main challenges posed by climate change and the role of context-specific factors
  2. Identify a suite of possible climate change responses, examples of their application in their real world, and critically assess their characteristics, advantages and disadvantages.
  3. Knowledgeably discuss good practice in, risks of and barriers to appropriate climate change responses.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will involve lectures, discussions and online interactions. 

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. This includes provision and recommendation of academic and non-academic references. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

Assessment Tasks  

  1. Evaluating Climate Response Task (30% Linked to CLOs 1 and 3)
  2. Climate Impact Research Task (40% Linked to CLOs 1, 2 and 3)
  3. Climate Adaptation Planning Task (30% Linked to CLOs 1, 2 and 3) 

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program manager or RMIT student services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.