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Science and Policy of Climate Change 2012

A Blended Distance Learning Course

April 11 – July 11, 2012

Responding to increasing global concerns on global warming and climate change we are pleased to announce the second delivery of the Blended Distance Learning Course to address the climate change, “Science and Policy of Climate Change” from April 11 to July11, 2012.


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 twelve-week, blended learning course has been jointly developed by the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), and Tokyo Development Learning Center, The World Bank (TDLC)

The course follows an interdisciplinary approach 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 the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) - an initiative started and developed by the World Bank in 2000.


• 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 course, 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 course has been customized for:

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

Course Approach

The course will commence with an introductory videoconference session that will provide an overview of the course structure and the core concepts. The 12-week course will consist of four learning modules spread over two weeks each. The duration of each module will be 20-25 learning hours. The course 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 in activities (20%):
-  Discussion Forum
-  Videoconferences
-  Participant Feedback
• Intermediate tests (30 %)
• Final assignment (50%)

At the end of the course, 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)

Introductory VC session: Apr 11, 2012
Module 1 (including VC): Apr16 - May 5, 2012
Module 2 (including VC): May 7-26, 2012
Module 3 (including VC): May 28 - Jun 16, 2012
Module 4 (including VC): Jun 18- Jul 7, 2012
Concluding VC session: Jul 11, 2012

Course 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 COP17 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 COP17.


To successfully complete the course, participants should have:

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


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

Course Fees

US$ 250 per participant

. 20-40% scholarship may be offered to undergraduate students, unemployed and low income participants.

To apply, please contact TERI or TDLC (please use below contact form for TDLC)

- Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
Contact: Vinod Bhargava
Email: bhargava@teri.res.in

How to Apply

Online registration at: http://www.esdonline.org

Registration has been closed.

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Program Series

This session is part of a larger series. For more information see Science and Policy of Climate Change

Other Sessions in this Series

  1. Science and Policy of Climate Change 2012
  2. Science and Policy of Climate Change 2013

- Science and Policy of Climate Change 2011

- Understanding Science and Policy of Climate Change

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