ENVP30030 Climate Policy and Politics

Academic Year 2021/2022

Climate change is the single biggest challenge this generation now faces. This course is designed as an introduction to climate change and climate solutions, including climate policies and relevant political dynamics. There are four core areas within the course: Climate science; the impacts of climate change; mitigation and adaptation of climate change; and the role of international and national policy and politics in addressing climate adaptation and mitigation. The course encourages discussion with relevant representatives from industry, NGOs and political representatives through the inclusion of guest speakers throughout the lectures. Previous organizations participating in the course include The Irish Times, Friends of the Earth, Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA), and Teagasc, among others.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
1) Describe the natural and anthropogenic processes contributing to climate change
2) Understand the potential impacts of climate change
3) Understand how to develop mitigation and adaptation solutions to climate change
4) Understand current challenges in climate adaptation and mitigation both nationally and internationally
5) Critically evaluate policies and implementation plans with respect to their effectiveness in addressing climate adaptation and mitigation

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
active/task-based learning; lectures; critical writing; debates; student presentations
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: 1-2 individual assignments throughout the module. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Group Project: Group project Unspecified n/a Graded No


Attendance: Includes active participation in class Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Project: Individual project Unspecified n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Assignment briefs including grading criteria are presented in Brightspace under Learning Materials and discussed in class to allow students to ask specific questions on the assignments. Feedback will be presented via Brightspace as a grading rubric along with a summary of strengths, weaknesses and areas to improve, and also discussed generally in class.

Name Role
Assoc Professor Eoin O'Neill Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Mon 12:00 - 13:50