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SSUD71-318: Climate Change: Adaptation and Resilience


Understanding how the planet works have never been more important as a topic in tertiary education. A practical understanding of the issue and how it will affect humanity is vital. That knowledge will be required in all career structures and will as important as learning how the economy, legal system and our national and international society works because it will affect all these, in a radical way. This subject introduces Earth and Global Systems, climate mechanisms, ocean and atmospheric interactions and changes to those that will change our world. Current and future outcomes of climate change are discussed together with human overdevelopment and exploitation, extinction and impacts on terrestrial and oceanic biodiversity.

Major issues include drought, desertification, rising temperatures, natural disasters, pandemics as well as the loss of habitats and habitable and agricultural land. Increasing sea levels and severe weather events will impact human habitation, cause forced migration, change food production, habitat loss and the increasing loss of animals and fish stocks. All these will challenge the world’s health and economic systems, political boundaries, global communities, international law, geopolitical boundaries and our treatment of others and the natural world. Forced population movement and migrations caused by sea level rise as well as changes in disease patterns will compound these problems, particularly with a growing world population. The subject provides a broad background to climate change and its associated problems so that people can face their future with a greater understanding of how to tackle a changing world.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • May 2021 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • May 2022 [Non-Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Architecture and Built Environment
Subject fees
  • Current: $5,430
  • Commencing in May 2021: $5,710

Learning outcomes

1. Identify and classify factors contributing to the complexity of climate change and climate processes.
2. Evaluate future climatic changes to Earth systems and direct causes of climate change to those systems
3. Evaluate factors emerging from climate change that will effect widespread changes to human health
4. Apply knowledge in climate change to demonstrate autonomy and responsibility in dealing with climate change processes and problems globally.

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens15/03/2020
Semester start25/05/2020
Subject start25/05/2020
Cancellation 1?08/06/2020
Cancellation 2?15/06/2020
Last enrolment07/06/2020
Withdraw – Financial?20/06/2020
Withdraw – Academic?11/07/2020
Teaching census?19/06/2020