Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will examine the challenge of climate change that affects contemporary local and global societies from a multi-disciplinary approach. Students employ the basic principles of the scientific, economic and sociological approaches that underpin the current debate to develop a recognition and understanding of the causes and impact of climate change on a variety of socio, political and geographic instances. This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how our actions and choices affect the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems - now and in the future.

SchoolMolecular Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSabine Wilkens

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsENV1CSS

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Apply a robust vocabulary around the concepts associated with the studies of climate, sustainability and society.
02. Collate information about a climate change issue, and synthesise a reasoned view on the issue.
03. Analyse a climate change based scenario by collecting and using appropriate information to present a written response to a community group.
04. Compare and discuss predicted climate change scenarios for a variety of geographic locations and socio-ethnic communities.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSabine Wilkens

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 31 - 31
One 1.00 hour lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 31 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 30 - 42
One 3.00 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via online.

WorkShopWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One Synthesis task (750-words)This task requires students to synthesise reasoned information and communicate it in a condensed and readable way


Online and workshop activities (500-words Equivalent)Formative assessment as part of the blended learning cycle supporting transition between on-line activities and face to face workshops


Comparative report between climate change scenarios of two locations (3,000-word equivalent)Students work in small groups to determine the climate change projections for at least two different geo-political regions. Individual students write a comparison of projected outcomes. Assessment includes both individual (30%) and group work (10%).