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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Climate Change and Cities
Module Code LG5056
School School of Law & Government
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Daniel Marks
Semester 2: Daniel Marks
Autumn: Daniel Marks
Module TeachersDaniel Marks
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This course explores the theme of climate change in urban areas. Since the world is becoming more urbanized, cities are important actors in addressing climate change. The module covers both how cities are affected by climate change (adaptation) and how cities are contributing to climate change (mitigation). It also looks at how climate change adaptation and mitigation can be considered in urban planning and identify concrete measures. A number of case studies on both the mitigation and adaptation side will be used to help understand the relationship between cities and climate change, including flooding, drought, coastal erosion, transport, and energy. Cases will be given from both cities in the developed and developing world. Finally, a number of examples of the ways in which cities have played a transformational role in addressing climate change will be presented.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify principal themes and debates related to climate change and cities
2. Evaluate strengths and weaknesses of contending approaches to the study of urban climate policies
3. Understand the climate challenges cities face through different analytical lenses
4. Appraise contemporary governance mechanisms to manage urban climate challenges.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars24No Description
Assessment Feedback10No Description
Total Workload: 34

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

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
ParticipationCourse participation15%n/a
Group presentationDescribe a current climate challenge a city faces and suggest ways to address it15%n/a
EssayTwo reading reviews of readings for the course15%n/a
Research PaperTerm paper on how a certain urban group is affected by a certain type of climate risk and give recommendations of what can be done to help this group25%n/a
Short Answer QuestionsFinal end of semester short answer essays30%n/a
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
Indicative Reading List

  • Harriet Bulkeley: 0, Cities and climate change,
  • Ashley Dawson: 0, Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change,
  • Marcus Taylor: 0, The Political Ecology of Climate Change Adaptation: Livelihoods, Agrarian Change and the Conflicts of Development,
  • Mark Pelling: 0, The Vulnerability of Cities: Natural Disasters and Social Resilience,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
MCCMSc in Climate Change Policy Media & Soc
MPPMSc in Public Policy
SMPHSSSingle Module Programme (Hum Soc Sci)

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