Understanding and addressing climate change, demands transdisciplinary approaches and this unit will start to scope out this field framed through a socially equitable place-based planetary health lens. The strengths and limitations of orthodox disciplinary explanations and solutions will be scrutinised using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as one focus. Inter and transdisciplinary explanations and remedies will then be considered drawing upon themes, topics and issues including climate justice and just transitions; the fraught politics shaping responses to climate change; the limits to growth; technological solutions, ecological balance; public and private ownership and custodianship; critical Indigenous and human rights discourses.

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On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Identify key sources of data on climate change, ecological trends, and human health and development, nationally and globally  
  2. Critically review and contextualise the discourses on climate science in Australia and globally;  
  3. Formulate advocacy perspectives from research evidence;  
  4. Understand key theoretical & methodological challenges and limitations of a planetary health lens;  
  5. Extrapolate upon the intersections between inequality and climate change through the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  


Assessment type Description Grade
Exercise Compose an Op Ed responding to a current issue in climate change utilising research evidence 30%
Essay Critical paper reviewing and contextualising an aspect of the discourse on climate change 30%
Presentation Choose one SDG to extrapolate upon the intersections between inequality, inequity and climate change for a class podcast 40%

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