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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject provides students with an introduction to the international relations aspects of climate change. The subject is divided into three parts: (1) Understanding climate change, including concepts such as the global climate system and the Earth as a finite entity; the scientific evidence for anthropogenic climate change and the history of greenhouse gas emissions; and the current and predicted bio-physical consequences of climate change. (2) Climate change adaptation in the context of international relations, including how individuals and states adapt to climate change impacts; traditional, human and environmental security problems raised by climate change; and climate security-related case studies. (3) Greenhouse gas mitigation in the context of international relations, inclusive of multilateral diplomacy and the two-level game; multilateral greenhouse gas mitigation efforts; the UNFCCC process; the Kyoto Protocol, son-of-Kyoto and beyond.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorBen Habib

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of any first year Politics subject and 15 credit points of any Humanities and Social Sciences subject, or subject coordinator's approval.


Incompatible subjects POL2IPC

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Online subject

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsSubject ReaderPrescribedN/AN/A
ReadingsClimate Change and Energy Insecurity: The Challenge for Peace, Security and DevelopmentRecommendedDodds, F., Higham, A. & Sherman, R. (eds.) 2009EARTHSCAN
ReadingsClimate Conflict: How global warming threatens security and what to do about itRecommendedMazo, J. 2010IISS
ReadingsClimatic Cataclysm: The Foreign Policy and National Security Implications of Climate ChangeRecommendedCampbell, K.(ed.) 2008BROOKINGS INSTITUTION
ReadingsGlobal Warring: How Environmental, Economic, and Political Crises Will Redraw the World MapRecommendedPaskal, Cleo 2009N/A
ReadingsLimits to Growth: The 30-Year UpdateRecommendedMeadows, Donella, Randers, Jorgen and Meadows, Dennis 2004N/A
ReadingsThe Politics of Climate ChangeRecommendedGiddens, Anthony 2009POLITY PRESS

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