Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

Unit Description

This unit introduces the Earth’s climate system and examines the basis for current and future climate change. The first half of this unit focuses on understanding climate, including the greenhouse effect, the El Nino–Southern Oscillation, monsoon activity, climate feedbacks, ‘tipping points’ and rapid climate change. Recent developments in climate change, based on paleo, historical and modelling research, is presented and critically evaluated. The second half of this unit focuses on the impacts of climate change on ecosystems and society, including biodiversity, health, economics, geopolitics, and the human dimensions of vulnerability and resilience. Finally, this unit will consider a range of responses to climate change, focusing on international environmental treaties, international and Australian policy approaches to global warming, and management and adaptation strategies. A Christian worldview perspective on the topic will be included in this unit.


Unit offerings

Face to face: (Every 2nd Year (Even), Semester 2)

Please note

The Unit Offerings listed above are a guide only and the timetable for any year is the final authority. The College may vary offerings based on demand, regulatory requirements, continual improvement processes or other conditions.

This unit may be available in different modes of delivery i.e. online and face-to-face as listed above. The unit content will not differ between these modes of delivery. There will possibly be a difference in the schedule and/or the prescribed assessment tasks, however both will cover and assess the same content.