Faculty of Business and Economics

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Anke Leroux


This unit develops an understanding of the economic dimensions of climate change. It does this by critically examining the impact of climate change as well as the impact of climate change mitigation policies, on economies. It evaluates Australia's approaches to climate change mitigation and compares various competing policies. Finally, the subject explores the problems in securing international agreement for action to address climate change.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. develop an understanding of and assessment of the possible impacts of climate change on Australian businesses, industries and the economy as a whole
  2. critically analyse the post Kyoto costs of climate change to the Australian economy, and to evaluate the means by which industries can adapt to climate change at minimum cost
  3. critically discuss the competing mechanisms such as carbon taxes and emissions trading schemes in terms of their effect on climate change
  4. analyse the response of how key industries to climate change policies and the effectiveness of policies.


Within semester assessment: 40%
Examination (2 hours): 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Anke Leroux

Contact hours

3 hours per week


Students must have passed ECX9000 before undertaking this unit