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Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation - ENV00047I

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  • Department: Environment and Geography
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Liz Hurrell
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24

Module summary

This module will introduce students to the key concepts of climate mitigation (reducing greenhouse gas emissions) and adaptation (adapting to climate impacts). In this module we will explore a range of mitigation and adaptation strategies and evaluate the benefits and challenges of implementing them in today’s society.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 2 2024-25

Module aims

The module aims to:

  • Equip students with the fundamental knowledge required to understand and address climate change.

  • Explore concepts of climate justice, risk, vulnerability and adaptability.

  • Evaluate a range of strategies to mitigate climate change, explore the challenges of implementation and consider the co-benefits.

  • Assess society’s ability and need to adapt to climate change.

  • Equip students with the knowledge and skills to communicate effectively.

Module learning outcomes

  • Critically evaluate strategies to mitigate climate change and synthesise the co-benefits associated with some of these strategies.

  • Assess the extent to which society will need to adapt to climate change with sensitive consideration of vulnerability, adaptability, and climate justice.

  • Communicate complex concepts and ideas in an articulate and structured way.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay 3000 words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay 3000 words
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written feedback will be provided on assessment in accordance with the University’s Policy on Assessment Feedback Turnaround Time

Indicative reading

The latest IPCC reports on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation.

Materials that support the ENROADs climate simulation

Climate Change: A very Short introduction – Mark Maslin (2021)

Students will be expected to read a wide range of articles for each seminar.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.