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The Financial Impact of Climate Change - ONLINE

This 4-week course introduces learners to the financial risks and impacts associated with climate change. Learners will explore a range of risk pathways that link climate and economic systems. The course will explore the financial impacts associated with physical risks related to direct and indirect exposure to climate hazards in the value chain, transition risks arising from abrupt transitions to a low-carbon economy, civil liability and litigation risks and systemic risks transmitted throughout the economy.
Facilitator: Todd Thexton
The Financial Impact of Climate Change - ONLINE
Start Date:Apr 17, 2023
End Date:May 14, 2023
Delivery:4 weeks, Asynch and Synch Online
Price:$750.00 + GST
Course code: PACS103_Y2223P-01

As an introductory course, it is suited to those with little or no previous experience in climate-related finance or economics. However, a basic understanding of climate science is presumed.

For more information about this course please contact Professional and Continuing Studies.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course learners will be able to:

  • Understand the foundational relationship between climate change and the economy;
  • Identify exposure and vulnerability to climate-related financial risks within their own organizations; and
  • Apply their knowledge to effective planning and decision-making to adapt to climate change.

Learner Effort

The course consists of 5 hours per module (4 modules in total) + 5 hours devoted to an assessment(s). This equates to approximately 6 hours of learner effort per week.

Live (Synchronous) Sessions

Live (synchronous) sessions will be scheduled by the instructor. Learners will be notified of the time of these sessions in the course. Live (synchronous) sessions will be recorded for learners unable to attend.

Computer Requirements

A week prior to the course start date learners will receive an email from Royal Roads University Professional and Continuing Studies with information on how to access the online course. At that time learners will be encouraged to visit a short orientation website to familiarize themselves  with the online learning platform. Learners will find the computer requirements for this course through this link:


This course is eligible to be used as an elective coursein the Climate Action Fundamentals:  Foundation Micro-Credential program. 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 what microcredentials are here. 

Learn more about the Climate Action Fundamentals: Foundations micro-credential here.