United Kingdom, London

Climate Change: Policy & Governance

when 3 July 2017 - 21 July 2017
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 1500

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, warming of the global climate system is "unequivocal." But rather than a thing of the future, the consequences of anthropogenic climate change are already materializing today: glaciers are melting at a rapid pace, droughts and floods are more prolonged, more frequent and more intense than before, oceans are acidifying, coral reefs are bleaching and human livelihoods are destroyed. The world needs to decisively address the climate crisis and swiftly transition away from an emissions-intensive fossil fuel path in order to limit the rise in global average surface temperatures to below 2°C above pre-industrial levels.

This course is designed for students seeking to familiarize themselves with climate change governance and policy in their broader international scientific, diplomatic, political and economic context. It considers the links between climate science, risk and policy-making; provides an introduction to core aspects of climate change and energy economics; analyzes the key outcomes and sticking points in international climate change negotiations; discusses approaches to climate change mitigation and adaptation; and assesses developments within regions in the Global South (Asia Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East and North Africa), offering a comparative analysis of climate change policy in context.

The course illustrates key concepts through case studies and provides students with the tools necessary to critically assess climate change governance and policy. Students are not required to hold prior qualifications in climate science or economics and anyone with an interest in the subject is welcome to attend. The summer school includes lectures followed by tutorials, interactive activities including visits to ministries and talks from experts in relevant fields.

Course leader

Dr Harald Heubaum

Target group

Students, Professionals and Leisure Learners

Course aim

On successful completion of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:

Explain general climate change science and how it is applied
Critically evaluate the international climate change regime and its developments since 1992.
Critically evaluate international climate diplomacy to date, its successes and failures.
Explain the key themes and issues within climate change policy and governance.
Articulate the challenges to developing policy in different areas including mitigation, finance, adaptation
Compare and contrast climate change policies in the Asia Pacific, the Middle East and North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Explain climate change policies of countries in these regions.

Credits info

7.5 EC
Students are usually able to obtain credits from their home institution and typically our courses receive 3 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system. If you intend to claim credits from your home institution, please check the requirements with them before you enrol. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can, however please be aware that the decision to award credits rests with your home institution.

Assessment will be optional and will vary for each course. Participants will be provided with a certificate of attendance and transcripts will be available on request.

Fee info

GBP 1500: Tuition
A tuition fee of £1500 will be charged per 3-week programme. This figure does not include accommodation fees.

Application fee
A one-off, non-refundable application fee of £60 will be charged to cover administration costs. Please visit the SOAS online store to make your application fee payment.

An early bird discount of 10% is available if fees are paid by 17th April 2017.
15% discount for SOAS Alumni or if you take a combination of sessions 2 and 3.
20% discount for current SOAS students and our partner institutions.
Other discounts are available for groups, please contact us for further information.

Accommodation is available at an extra fee of £710 for 20 nights. For more details of how to reserve a room please visit our accommodation page.