HRM30140 Climate Change & Business Sustainability

Academic Year 2023/2024

Climate change is one of today’s most pressing issues. As major emitters of greenhouse gases, business bears some responsibility for the environmental problems the planet faces and needs to contribute to the solutions. This module will provide students with a deeper understanding of the science of climate change, the international and regulatory framework, and emerging resource challenges and market opportunities. The module culminates in a two-day intensive workshop and negotiation of a mock United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Lectures will take place in the first 7 weeks of the Spring Trimester and the two-day workshop will take place in the first week of the study period (Mar 12-13). Attendance for both days of the workshop is compulsory.

Do not register for this module if you are unable to attend the in-person workshops on March 12 & 13.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completing this module students will be expected to be able to:

1. Explain the nature of global warming and the impact of human activities on climate change
2. Understand the global policy approaches taken under the UNFCCC, the diverse interests of parties involved in climate policy negotiations, including governments, companies, NGOs and industry associations to mitigation, adaptation and market mechanisms.
3. Understand the nature of business responses to climate change mitigation and low-carbon business models.
4. Understand and put into practice the basic principles of negotiation

Indicative Module Content:

The nature of global warming and the impact of human activities on climate change
Global policy approaches taken under the UNFCCC, the diverse interests of parties involved in climate policy negotiations, including governments, companies, NGOs and industry associations to mitigation, adaptation and market mechanisms.
The nature of business responses to climate change mitigation and low-carbon business models.
Basic principles of negotiation.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning

95

Lectures

16

Practical

14

Total

125

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Group-based project, individual assignment, interactive workshops and two-day negotiation exercise. 
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 In Module Component Repeat Offered
Continuous Assessment: Students will be required to complete a group-based assessment and an individual piece of written work. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No

100

No

Carry forward of passed components
No
 
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

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Assoc Professor Julie Byrne Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Andrew Keating Lecturer / Co-Lecturer