Shaping a Sustainable Environment for Planet Earth

Familiarise yourself with the key principles of climate change science and global warming; as well as to public policy and the legal measures available to address the urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom. Enrolling students need to ensure they have an email, a reliable internet connection, microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer.


  • Introduction to the science of climate change and global warning.
  • Human behaviour and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Climate organisations.
  • Public Policy considerations affecting regulation of global warming.
  • The Paris Agreement and associated instruments.
  • Politics and climate change.
  • The legal framework underpinning regulation of climate change.
  • Case Studies.
  • Carbon trading schemes.
  • The role of greenhouse gas reductions in shaping a sustainable future.


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the main principles of climate change, greenhouse gas reduction and environmental sustainability.
  2. Outline the main causes of greenhouse gas emissions and the key mitigation strategies.
  3. List and describe key public policy and issues impacting on environmental protection.
  4. Understand the operation of selected pieces of environmental legislation.
  5. Explain some of the main environmental campaigns and evaluate the key themes of each.

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