International Climate Change Law and Policy is an online course offered by the University of Newcastle in the United Kingdom. The class is intended for anyone who has interest in the current discussion surrounding climate change policy on a global scale. As an introductory course, enrollment in the class is open to students of all educational and work experience backgrounds.
Presented through a series of videos, International Climate Change Law and Policy is broken into four units. Students are intended to complete one module per week. Each module will require roughly 2 to 3 hours of study time. Readings and short assignments are given with each module to deepen students’ knowledge of the course material and assess their mastery of the concepts. Upon successful completion of the course, students can receive a verified certificate for a $49 fee.
The first unit of International Climate Change Law and Policy is Introduction to Climate Change and the Social Cost of Carbon. Through the module, students learn about the scientific evidence of climate change. Key polluting continuities are identified and the projected impacts of carbon are analyzed. In the second unit, Evolution and Architecture of the International Climate Change Regime, students will examine the strengths and weaknesses of the United National Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement.