Year
2020
Units
4.5
Contact
1 x 3-hour seminar weekly
Prerequisites
36 units of topics
Enrolment not permitted
GEOG9020 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Students are expected to have a general understanding of human-induced climate change and its relationship to greenhouse gas emissions.
Assessment
Assignment(s), Examination(s), Project, Tutorial participation
Topic description
This topic will examine climate adaptation and disaster management from a social scientific perspective. The primary focus of the topic is to explore human adaptation and resilience to climate through our interactions with space, place and environment. Students will develop their understanding of key concepts for examining climate and climate change and how these understandings can be used to respond to this problem in the context of concurrent pressures to society, economy and ecology.
Educational aims
The aim of this topic is to introduce key concepts and conceptual frameworks to help students to understand climate change adaptation from a social science perspective. Through this understanding, students will develop their ability to analyse common adaptation challenges for society in the face of climate change and to evaluate alternative options for responding to these challenges.
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Compare key contrasting ways of understanding and framing the climate change problem

  2. Explain key concepts relating to climate change adaptation

  3. Assess the types of challenges climate variability and other extremes present for community resilience now and in the future

  4. Explain how climate change will interact with other sustainable development challenges of the 21st Century

  5. Evaluate different management options to enhance community climate resilience.