Policy and Sustainability (SUST5005)
UNIT OF STUDY
Climate change, ecological sustainability, food security, resource scarcity, green technology and innovation, rising ocean levels, climate refugees, drought and 'water wars', are just some of the complex topics that now confront policy makers at all levels of government. This unit of study aims to provide students with an understanding of the issues surrounding the development and implementation of policies for sustainability. At all levels there are a range of stakeholders- policy makers, regulators, non-government organisations, industry, citizens and community groups- confronted by a complex ethical environment in their pursuit of different and sometimes competing agendas. As a result, policy and particular policy instruments may reflect conflict and compromise rather than consensus. Students will be introduced to: the role of analysis (scientific, economic, social and political etc) in providing an evidence base; the variety of instruments and institutions available for policy delivery; the lobbying process in influencing policy determination; and effectiveness of policy design and implementation including identification of 'winners' and 'losers'.
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Intensive classes for 4 full days beginning in September 2014
Essays, short written assignments (100%)
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