Subject Descriptions - Subject Information

Calendar: 2020 Undergraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
Department: School of Humanities and Social Inquiry

COSMOS mastered subject: Version 2020.02

Subject Information
Subject Code STS 302
Subject Name Climate Change Policy, Possible Futures
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites 24cp at 200 level
Co-Requisites None.
Restrictions None.
Equivalence STS 300
Assessment 1. Assignment: Tutorial Exercises 10% 2. Project: Group Research Project/s 40% 3. Report: Policy Report 50%
General Subject Yes.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.125
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 1190  $ 1190  $ 1190  $ 1190  $ 1190  $ 1190 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
1771-Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Direct Entry)
1777-Bachelor of Laws (Direct Entry)
1827-Bachelor of International Studies - Bachelor of Laws
1845-Bachelor of Information Technology - Bachelor of Laws
1852-Bachelor of Business Information Systems - Bachelor of Laws
329-Bachelor of Economics and Finance-Bachelor of Laws
336-Bachelor of Science (Psychology) - Bachelor of Laws
340-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
351-Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
760-Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies - Bachelor of Laws
770-Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)
771-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
771H-Course information not Found
772-Bachelor of Creative Arts - Bachelor of Laws
773-Bachelor of Commerce - Bachelor of Laws
774-Bachelor of Mathematics - Bachelor of Laws
775-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775H-Course information not Found
775M-Course information not Found
776-Bachelor of Computer Science - Bachelor of Laws
778-Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology-Bachelor of Laws
779-Bachelor of Engineering - Bachelor of Laws
858-Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Laws
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information None.

Subject Availability
Session Autumn  (02-03-2020 to 02-07-2020)
Campus Wollongong
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours 1 hour 2 hours
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
Adam Lucas
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
Adam Lucas
Instance Comment  
Census Date 16-04-2020

Subject Description
This subject explores the scientific, technical, political, economic and cultural factors shaping current environmental debates as they specifically relate to climate change science and policy. It examines the evidence for and against anthropogenic climate change, the evidential base for greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, economic instruments for reducing emissions, and the significance of climate change for the portfolios of energy, transport, agriculture and manufacturing. In the process, it explores questions of equity, sustainability, power and justice. Students work individually and in teams to critically analyse the potential of existing political ideologies, policies and programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the world’s dependence on fossil fuels.

Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to present oral and written work which demonstrates:
1. Critically apply key concepts from science and technology studies to current debates about the relationship between human societies and their environments, including the social and political dimensions of scientific and technical practices.
2. Demonstrate familiarity with key concepts in social and environmental policy-making which directly relate to climate change issues.
3. Work collaboratively as part of a team to plan and design possible solutions and courses of action for reducing or avoiding the social and environmental problems which climate change is likely to exacerbate.
4. Demonstrate advanced critical analytical skills in evaluating a range of primary and secondary sources, including different theoretical and methodological approaches from a range of disciplines relevant to social and environmental policy;
5. Demonstrate digital capabilities in evaluating, interpreting and presenting persuasive and adequately supported arguments;

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