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Free Online Course on Climate Science and Policy

The University of Queensland is offering a free online course on Climate Science and Policy. This course will help you to understand the size of the problem and policy options that could start to make a difference.

In this ten week course, applicants will understand climate science and the role of policy for transitioning to a low carbon energy supply. This course is Self-Paced.

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Course At A Glance 

Length: 10 weeks
Effort: 10 hours pw
Subject: Science
Institution: The University of Queensland and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $199
Session: Self-Paced

Providers’ Details

The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, is one of the world’s premier teaching and research institutions. Striving for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer, and application of knowledge UQ ranks in the top 50 Universities as measured by the QS World University Rankings.

About This Course

Climate change has been identified as one of the world’s most wicked problems. However, most governments have been slow to respond to the challenge of climate mitigation and adaptation. This course will help you to understand the size of the problem and policy options that could start to make a difference.

Why Take This Course?

Students will be presented with the evidence as to why climate change is a growing problem for our society. Starting with early data produced from ice cores millions of years ago through to the latest thinking on the action required to address the problem, this course will equip you to identify key strategies for your organization or government to implement a mitigation agenda.

Learning Outcomes

  • The history and basics of the climate system
  • How we as humans are impacting the climate system
  • The future scenarios of climate change and likely risks and impacts
  • The general approaches and limits to adaptation
  • Policies required to help address the problem
  • Skills and knowledge of scenario planning


Professor Andrew Garnett

Andrew is the Director of the Centre for Coal Seam Gas at The University of Queensland.

Professor Will Steffen

Will is a climate change expert and researcher at The Australian National University, Canberra.



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