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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title The Politics of Climate Change
Module Code LG139
School School of Law & Government
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Markus Pauli
Semester 2: Kenneth McDonagh
Autumn: Sadhbh O'Neill
Module TeachersDiarmuid Torney
Sadhbh O'Neill
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This course provides students with a survey of the global politics of climate change. This module will explore the dynamics that characterize the global response to climate change, and the links between international negotiations and climate change politics at national level. Students will learn about the differing challenges and opportunities faced by developed countries, so-called emerging economies, and least developed countries.

Learning Outcomes

1. Familiarity with key policy dimensions of climate change and related areas
2. Ability to critically evaluate contemporary domestic climate and energy politics in high, middle-, and low-income countries
3. Ability to appraise historical and contemporary global governance mechanisms to manage climate challenges
4. Understand systematically the challenges posed by climate change in key sectors and possible mitigation and adaptation responses to these challenges

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22No Description
Independent Study103No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Introduction and Context

Actors and institutions in climate politics at national and global levels

Politics of low-carbon transition in industrialized countries: US and EU

Climate and development politics in large emerging economies: China and India

The UN climate regime and world politics

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
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