Low Carbon Development (30 credits)

Key information

Credits
30
Department
Centre for Development, Environment and Policy

Module overview

This module explores the main issues around climate change mitigation and low carbon development. Global climate change poses a serious threat to international development efforts. Developing countries -and especially the poor- have historically contributed very little to climate change. However, they are often the most vulnerable to climate change due to their limited resources and limited capacity to adapt to climate change. At the same time, developed countries and emerging economies are struggling to mitigate emissions that lead to climate change. To mitigate the emissions leading to climate change and achieve human development, there is a need for serious global commitment to low carbon development. Low carbon development is a new development model, which aims to achieve these two goals simultaneously.

This module elaborates the key issues and concepts in the field of climate change mitigation and low carbon development; it discusses how greenhouse gas emissions can be mitigated and how low carbon development can be implemented in policy and practice.  The module also critically discusses some of the global and national challenges; it also addresses policy responses, such as those of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

  • To understand the links and recognise inter-dependencies between climate change, greenhouse gas emissions and development.
  • To critically discuss the opportunities and barriers to climate change mitigation and low carbon development.
  • To critically discuss the key issues and concepts in the field of climate change mitigation and low carbon development from a theoretical and practical perspective.
  • To understand low carbon pathways and their implications.
  • To be familiar with and interpret national and international policy responses to climate change mitigation and low carbon development

Workload

Students are advised to dedicate 10 - 15 hours study time per week for this module.

Scope and syllabus

The module will consist of 13 units:

  1. Low Carbon Development and Climate Change Mitigation: Origins, Concepts and Key Issues
  2. The Economics of Low Carbon Development
  3. The Social Dimensions of Low Carbon Development
  4. The Politics of Low Carbon Development
  5. The International Policy Architecture for Low Carbon Development
  6. Technology and Innovation for Low Carbon Development
  7. Carbon Markets
  8. Sectoral approaches to Low Carbon Development: Energy
  9. Sectoral approaches to Low Carbon Development: Transportation
  10. Sectoral approaches to Low Carbon Development: Agriculture and Forestry
  11. Low Carbon Development in Low and Middle Income Countries
  12. Low Carbon Development in High Income Countries
  13. International Action for Low Carbon Development and Climate Change Mitigation

Suggested reading

  • Urban, F. and Nordensvard, J., 2013. Low Carbon Development: Key Issues. Earthscan, Routledge, Oxon.

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