Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Mathematical Sciences
Monash Passport categoryDepth (Enhance Program)
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Christian Jakob


Climate change is becoming an ever greater challenge to the sustainability of modern society. This unit explores the basic principles and physical processes that define and govern the Earth's climate. The response of the atmosphere and ocean to these forces are explored, as well as their role in establishing the variability of climate. Major human decisions that affect climate are then considered followed by an exploration of the global governance of the climate change regime in the context of the broader consequences of climate change to our society. Mitigation and adaptation scenarios are explored, and the design and costs of the climate change policies necessary to implement these various strategies.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Understand the basic scientific concepts underpinning climate change, climate change impacts and responses;

  1. Critically evaluate information on climate change, climate change impacts and responses from a variety of sources including scientific reports, blogs and the media;

  1. Develop, apply, integrate and generate knowledge to analyse and solve problems in climate change, its impacts and the options for possible societal responses;

  1. Demonstrate competence in information technology, data handling, problem solving, communication skills and team work;

  1. Convey the basic concepts of climate change, its impacts and possible responses to diverse audiences.


Project 1: 20%
Essay: 20%
Project 2: 30%
Final Examination (3 hours): 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Three 1-hour lectures per week, one 2-hour laboratory/support class per week, plus private study/research time