CLIM055 Introduction to Climate Policy: Exploring Pathways to Climate Action


Course Description

This 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. 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.


Learner Outcomes

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.



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.


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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