Climate Change and Sustainable Development

Course Code
Number of Credits
Description/Course Objective
ED82.02  Science of Climate Change and Impacts
Earth’s climate is changing in ways that affect our weather, oceans, snow, ice, ecosystems, and society. Climate change has been described as the largest environmental issue facing humanity, and one of the most critical issues of any kind confronting us in terms of planetary ‘management’. There is an urgent need to better understand how the science, social science, policy and management issues associated with climate change can be integrated and handled more effectively. This course seeks to first lay down the fundamental scientific principles behind climate change. The aim of this course is to provide the students with a framework to enhance the understanding of these issues. Aug Sem
ED82.03  Principles and Practices of Sustainable Development
The course is designed to explore the meaning of sustainability from both conceptual and practical perspectives, and to lay out a cognitive foundation for mapping a way forward. Beginning with an in-depth exploration of the sustainability concept, this course will provide a framework for students to explore their own understanding of sustainability through reflective and experiential learning activities and exercises. This course is designed to provide students with the necessary background and common basis to understand the meaning of sustainability within their chosen specialisation and professional work, as well as apply principles, tools and methods in functional business and organizational contexts. Jan Sem
ED82.04  Climate Compatible and Sustainable Infrastructure Development
In view of the importance and challenges of developing and managing sustainable infrastructure in the globe including Asia, this course is designed to provide a graduate level understanding of the planning, assessment and implementation of various types of infrastructure development.  The relationships of infrastructure elements and functions with climate change will be a focus of this course - including their contributions to and impacts from climate change.  Jan Sem
ED82.05  Land Use and Climate Change
Land use being one of the major causes of climate change and the fact that enormous land use change, the issue is of high concern due to important role of land use on food security and ecosystem services. The objective of this course is to provide students the knowledge about land use change and its processes, impact on climate change and vice versa, and potentials of land uses for mitigation and adaptation. The course specifically focusses on agriculture, forestry and other land use sectors.  Jan Sem
ED82.06  Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation: Concepts, Tools and Practices
This course provides a brief introduction on climate change science, details the concepts of and methods to climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation assessment. Furthermore the course provides the hands-on exercise on using selected tools and techniques to assess the impacts and vulnerability and design and implementation of adaptation strategies for natural and managed resources and systems, and their use (water, agriculture, ecosystems). Aug Sem
ED82.07  Climate Change Mitigation
Climate change mitigation activities are designed to reduce greenhouse emissions and/or increase the greenhouse gases removal from the atmosphere by greenhouse sinks. This course is designed to expose the students to the climate change mitigation theories, practices and options with more focus on the mitigation actions at individual, national and global levels. The course will provide a critical and multidisciplinary overview of strategies for climate change mitigation by focusing on the technical feasibility and effectiveness of different mitigation options in sectors such as energy systems, transport, buildings, industry, agriculture and land based systems. The subject will discuss the criteria and considerations for evaluating climate change mitigation. Aug Sem
ED82.08  Economics of Climate Change
Economics is at the heart of the climate change debates, discussions, policies and actions. It also provides tools and basis for choice of actions and policy instruments. Therefore, the objective of this course is to provide a sound understanding of the economics of climate change from multiple viewpoints needed for graduate students specializing in climate change. These viewpoints span from the economic underpinnings of global climate agreements and global costs and benefits as key tenants of climate policy to the cost-benefits analysis as a tool for analyzing projects and policy instruments. The course also provides an opportunity to make students aware of the limitations of the economic approach, valuation difficulties, uncertainly of impacts and other ambiguities which are inherent in the climate change. Jan Sem
ED82.09  Climate Change Seminar
The objective of this course is to address contemporary global and local topics linked with climate change for in-depth discussion for enhancing their knowledge base and critical thinking. InterSem
ED82.10  Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security
The objective of this course is to impart the knowledge on food security, agricultural production and climate change with special emphasis on small farmers of tropical and subtropical regions and to find the ‘missing links’ between agriculture, food security and climate change. This course also focuses on various strategies and approaches designed/forwarded to meet the challenges of food security and agricultural production under the climate change scenario, and the institutional arrangements for integrating and addressing the climate change and food security. Jan Sem
ED82.11  Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk
The impact of climate change are apparent through the manifestation of extreme events. Building resilience and the capacity to adapt to climate change promotes flexibility, learning and protection of ecosystems as well as direct social and environmental benefits. Integrated climate change mitigation efforts are required in various sectors in order to minimize the risk of climate change and associated disasters. The course will provide the students with an understanding of the key concepts and impacts of climate change and issues associated with vulnerability, adaptation and resilience. The objective of this course is to provide students with a sound knowledge on emerging issues and viewpoints confronting recent trend on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk management. Jan Sem
ED82.12  Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in Fisheries and Aquaculture
The impact of climate change on fisheries and aquaculture resources, as well as their direct or indirect influence on the livelihood of fishers and fish farmers has been well documented. Specifically, most of these impacts are related to the changes in water temperatures, water level rise, and changes in precipitation in the inland and coastal environments, among others. A major goal for aquaculture has been to develop ecologically sustainable farming systems employing appropriate technologies that are highly productive and that provide better returns to farmers. Improved farming technologies and practices to reduce climate change stresses therefore need to be developed and applied as a strategy for adaptation for the most vulnerable sections of fishers and farming communities. This course is intended for students to have a broad understanding of the climate change effects on fisheries and aquaculture, and identify some of the most feasible strategies for adaptation to the perceived global changes in climate and associated impacts on aquatic food production. Jan Sem
ED82.13  Analytical Tools for Climate Change Adaptation at Local Level
The course aims to provide students with methods and tools to analyze climate change adaptation at local level. This will enable students to analyze the vulnerability and resilience at various levels, especially in rural areas, from farm level to socio-ecological systems and territorial level; and to build scenarios towards sustainable development and improved adaptive capacities to climate change based on participatory foresight analysis. Jan Sem
ED82.14  Adaptation to Climate Change: Policies and Practices
The main objective of the course is to make students understand  the key challenges to adaptation to climate change. It deals with the concepts and types of adaptation, technological challenges, the role of governments, NGOs, civil society and international organizations in promoting adaptation. InterSem
ED82.9008 Selected Topic: Community and Climate Adaptation
The main objective of the course is to make students understand the key challenges to adaptation to climate change at the community level. It deals with the concepts and types of adaptation, technological challenges, the role of governments, NGOs, civil society and international organizations in promoting adaptation.  Aug Sem