Time and delivery: Semester 1 2024, on campus (Parkville) 

Climate change is one of the most important issues of our time. This subject covers the basics of climate science - including climate change, natural variability, extremes, climate scenarios, and detection and attribution - and how this translates into impacts on society, ecosystems and economies. The subject focuses on the production of climate science and data and how its creation, analysis, and use informs decisions made from multiple perspectives and across multiple levels, including governments, industry and communities. The subject has a particular focus on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports. To develop practical skills, students are required to apply knowledge from the course to develop and justify various stakeholder positions, policies, or business cases. Students will build climate profiles for relevant stakeholders in order to assess and debate how national or other circumstances frame responses at the local, state and international level.



  • Analysis of each week's topic, 8 x 250 words, 40% of final mark
  • Written assessment/s - due Weeks 5, 9 and at the end of semester, 2000 words , 40% of final mark
  • Participation in a negotiation (session held during the final seminar), 20% of final mark


Time & Location:
Semester 1 , Parkville Campus

Malte Meinshausen, malte.meinshausen@unimelb.edu.au