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Introduction to Climate Policy: Exploring Pathways to Climate Action

This four-week, fully online, asynchronous course will inform participants about climate adaptation policy in Canada and BC. It will allow them to consider how climate policy from international to local levels informs their professional functions and day to day activities on the job. The course will cover, among other things, the basics of environmental policy, differences between climate mitigation and climate adaptation policy, overviews of key policy actors and tools, and policy gaps.
Facilitator: Michele Patterson
For more information about this course please contact Professional and Continuing Studies

It will also consider, in detail, examples of current policy-driven climate adaptation measures in specific areas from engineering to agriculture to hydrology and beyond. The course format will include short video lecture content, interviews with national to local experts, discussions and activities, resources and readings to respond to, and a final capstone activity.

This course is appropriate for any professional who wants to be informed on climate policy.

Course learning objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • DIAGNOSE why different climate change adaptation policies are needed in different circumstances.
  • INTERPRET climate change policy in terms of its role in mitigation or adaptation.
  • Use climate change scenarios to PREDICT future changes that suggest the need for new or better climate change adaptation policy tools.
  • RECOMMEND appropriate climate change adaptation policy tools for a variety of professional and planning needs.
  • Critically EVALUATE whether existing climate change adaptation policy is sufficient for professionals in various fields.
  • APPLY climate change policy knowledge to real-life examples in professional and planning contexts.

Learner Effort:

5-7 hours per week

This course is eligible to be used as an elective course credit in the Climate Adaptation Fundamentals Micro-credential. Interested individuals seeking a broader, foundational knowledge base in climate action may wish to expand upon the learnings of this course by enrolling in this micro-credential.

Learn more about the Climate Adaptation Fundamentals Micro-credential here.

Computer Requirements:
A week prior to the course start date you will receive an email from us with information on how to access the online course. At that time you will be encouraged to visit a short orientation website to familiarize yourself with our online learning platform. You will find the computer requirements for this course through this link: