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International Climate Change Policy


Credits: 4 ECTS

Second semester

Elective Courses




Following a brief review of the science of climate change, this course will examine the economics and politics of climate change; explore policy options for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs); examine the potential impacts of climate change on developing countries; review the history and status of international negotiations; review the current mitigation policies of major emitting countries and their positions in the international negotiations; and study key issues of mitigation and adaptation policy.  The course will take a policy-oriented, inter-disciplinary approach that gives weight to economic, political and implementation considerations.


In addition to reading the assigned materials, each student will:

  • Complete one mid-term exam designed to test understanding of the required readings, lectures and class discussions. The mid-term exam will be an open-book essay exam. 
  • Participate in class discussions and debates
  • Complete a research project (alone or in teams) and make a class presentation on a selected key Issue of climate mitigation or adaptation.

Grades will be based on exam 40%; class participation 25%; research project 35%.