Responding to Climate Change Through a Planetary Health Lens

Unit code: VPH6002 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Online Real Time


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. 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 within Australia and internationally.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Articulate the scientific bases of climate change;
  2. Interrogate the cross-disciplinary nature of climate change and its inter-connectedness with all other human-related systems;
  3. Critically review local impacts of climate change and future climate;
  4. Advocate collaboratively in formulating perspectives from research evidence;
  5. Critically evaluate positioning of climate change within public discourse including consideration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander standpoints and perspectives.

Study as a single unit

This unit can be studied on its own, without enrolling in a full degree.

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For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 30%
Compose an opinion editorial persuasive writing piece responding to a current issue in climate change
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 40%
Present an argument to a commission hearing Part A: Written Statement Part B: Oral Presentation
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 30%
Podcast advocating climate change action

Required reading

Required readings will be made available via VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

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