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Science and Policy of Climate Change

A Blended Distance Learning Course

April 8 – June 8, 2011

Responding to increasing global concerns on global warming and climate change, the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), and Tokyo Development Learning Center, The World Bank (TDLC) are pleased to announce the Blended Distance Learning Course to address the climate change, “Science and Policy of Climate Change” from April 8 to June 8, 2011.

 

 

 

Background

Few issues pose a greater challenge to economic prosperity and human security than climate change. It represents one of the biggest environmental, social and economic threats facing the planet.

This eight-week, blended learning program has been jointly developed by TERI and IGES, in collaboration with TDLC.

The program follows an interdisciplinary approach and is enriched by audio, video, and interactive web-based content. It uses the latest information and communication technology (ICT) tools and techniques and also employs a unique format of learning through video conferencing by utilizing the facilities of Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) - an initiative started and developed by the World Bank in 2000.

Objectives

• Build capacities of individuals and organizations in the Asia-Pacific region towards better understanding of climate change dynamics;

• Evolve an interdisciplinary approach towards understanding the various challenges posed by climate change; and

• Provide participants an opportunity to demonstrate functional knowledge of the core issues of climate change through analysis and diagnosis of real-world problems.

Learning Outcomes

After completion of the program, the participants will be able to:

• Develop a holistic understanding of the climate-change problem, which can potentially affect all dimensions of life (business, society, environment, etc);

• Acquire technical skills required to address problems with respect to the varied dimensions of climate change;

• Identify, create, and reflect upon ‘integrated approaches’ and appropriate interventions that may lead to taking necessary action and coping with climate change; and

• Put theory into practice by

- Applying science into policy making;
- Exploring the risks and opportunities for business;
- Formulating sound strategies for adaptation and mitigation; and
- Understanding the interface between development and climate change.

Target Audience

The program has been customized for:

• Development practitioners
• Policy makers
• Corporate sector
• Graduates and mid-level professionals

Program Approach

The program will commence with an introductory videoconference session that will provide an overview of the course structure and the core concepts.

The 8-week program will consist of four learning modules spread over two weeks each. The duration of each module will be 20 learning hours. The program will be delivered through a blended learning format comprising video-recorded lectures, academic articles and multimedia among others. It will be made available through the Moodle learning management system.

In order to ascertain assimilation, the participants will be evaluated on
• Participation (20%)
• Completion of the course (10 %)
• Intermediate assignments (70%)

At the end of the program, there will be a concluding videoconference during which a synthesis of the concepts presented throughout the course modules will be provided. The session will also summarize key themes and present the way forward.

Schedule (Tentative)

Registration: Feb 21- Mar 31, 2011
Introductory VC session: Apr 8, 2011
Module 1 (including VC): Apr 11-23, 2011
Module 2 (including VC): Apr 25-May 7, 2011
Module 3 (including VC): May 9-21, 2011
Module 4 (including VC): May 23- Jun 4, 2011
Concluding VC session: Jun 8, 2011

Program Content

Module 1: Science of climate change
Fundamental concepts related to the science of climate dynamics, natural forcing of the climate system, greenhouse effect, natural and anthropogenic drivers of climate change, methods and tools to detect changes in the climate, modeling, observed changes in the climate and causes behind climate change, scientific evidence of climate change, and so on.

Module 2: Impacts of climate change
Impacts of climate change on different sectors and regions of the world.

Module 3: Coping with climate change
Potential to harm societies and ecosystems, in particular, agriculture, forestry, water resources, human health, coastal settlements and natural ecosystems. This module will cover the following topics:

• Vulnerability assessment
• Concept of adaptation
• Types of adaptation
• Costs of coping with climate change

Module 4: Action and political economy
• Negotiations, including the outcomes of the recent COP16 to the UNFCCC;
• Climate-change policies such as those promoting low-carbon technologies or lifestyle changes in key mitigation sectors; and
• Linking the negotiations with public policy, looking back at developments at COP16 and forward to the possibilities at COP17.

Prerequisites

To successfully complete the program, participants should have:

• Proficiency in English language; and
• Strong commitment and subject interest

Certification

On successful completion of the program, the participants will be awarded a joint certificate from TERI, IGES and TDLC.

Course Fees

The course is open for participants from Asia-Pacific region only.

• US$300 for Group 1 countries (Australia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, and Hong Kong)
• US$150 for Group 2 countries (All other countries in Asia Pacific region)

How to Apply

Registration for this course has been closed.

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