There is perhaps no issue in the public sphere as momentous or contentious as that of climate change. Almost daily we receive dire warnings about the end of life as we know it, together with contrary claims that the whole thing is nothing but a hoax. As good citizens we all have a responsibility to try to make sense of this confusion. But the issue of climate change is also a fascinating case study in how science works, how it interacts with the broader society, and how public policy addresses issues of global concern. This unit uses climate change as a lens through which to examine the role of experts in our society and the problem of what the rest of us should think when they disagree amongst themselves. In so doing, the unit will give you the insight and skills you need to cut through the confusion, and decide for yourself, where you stand on the climate change debate.
ASSESSMENT: Level 200: 3000 words written assignments 60%, 2 hour exam 40% Level 300: 3500 words written assignments 60%, 2 hour exam 40%
TEACHING PATTERN: 2 x 1 hour lecture per week, over 13 wks, 1 x 1 hour tutorial per fortnight over 13 wks
FLEXIBLE & ONLINE STUDY OPTIONS Note: Class attendance may still be required
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