Climate Change and Sustainable Business Futures (11318.2)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| Flexible
| UC - Canberra, Bruce
UC - TAFE NSW Northern Sydney, St Leonard's
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Business, Government & Law|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Canberra Business School||Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
globally. The Unit examines recent policy, planning and management responses to climate change, including individual enterprise initiatives and forms of government intervention designed to achieve sustainable businesses.
Learning outcomesAfter successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of sustainable business;
2. Understand and critically assess the inter-relationships between businesses and their natural, social, cultural and economic environments and how these affect business's sustainable futures;
3. Understand and analyse the implications of climate change for business in Australia and globally; and
4. Evaluate planning and management strategies, policies and industry practices designed to mitigate and / or adapt to climate change and thus to produce more sustainable futures.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
PrerequisitesCompletion of 24 credit points.
Equivalent units9469 Climate Change and Sustainable Business Futures.
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2023||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1||06 February 2023||Flexible||Mr Brian Weir|
|2023||UC - TAFE NSW Northern Sydney, St Leonard's||Semester 1||06 February 2023||On-Campus||Mr Brian Weir|
|2024||UC - TAFE NSW Northern Sydney, St Leonard's||Semester 1||05 February 2024||On-Campus||Mr Brian Weir|
|2024||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1||05 February 2024||Flexible||Mr Brian Weir|
There is no textbook for this Unit, but a useful book is:
Moscardo, G. et al. (2013) (eds.) Sustainability in Australian Business: Principles and Practice. John Wiley and Sons: Milton, Qld.
- There are several copies in the library available on short loan, and some chapters are available through the Canvas website.
This list includes the specific sources referred to in presentations and materials, but also includes a selection of other useful sources. Don't feel to have to read all of these materials, but I hope you will find items of interest to spark your curiosity and encourage you to read more widely on climate change, and climate change and business.
Arnocky S., Milfont T. L. & Nicol J. R. (2014) Time perspective and sustainable behavior: Evidence for the distinction between consideration of immediate and future consequences. Environment and Behavior 46(5), 556 - 82.
Australian Academy of Science (2015) The Science of Climate Change. Australian Academy of Science: Canberra, Australia.
Barnes J, & Dove M.R. (Eds.) (2015) Climate Cultures: Anthropological Perspectives on Climate Change. Yale University Press: New Haven, USA.
BHP (2021a) Annual Report 2021. BHP: Melbourne, Australia.
BHP (2021b) Climate Transition Action Plan. BHP: Melbourne, Australia.
Bolin, B. (2007) A History of the Science & Politics of Climate Change; The Role of the IPCC. Cambridge University Prees: Cambridge, UK.
Christoff, P. (Ed.) (2014) Four Degrees of Global Warming: Australia in a Hot World. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxford, UK.
CSIRO & BOM (2022) State of the Climate Report 2022. CSIRO & BOM: Canberra, Australia.
Doyle (2022) BOM and the CSIRO State of the Climate 2022 report shows warming trends continue. Accessed at: abc.net.au/news/state-of-the-climate-report-2022-bom-csiro/101683628.
Eagle L., Low S., Case P. & Vandommele L. (2015) Attitudes of undergraduate business students toward sustainability issues. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 16(5), 650 - 68.
Entwisle T. J. (2014) Sprinter and Sprummer: Australia's Changing Seasons. CSIRO: Collingwwod, Australia.
Gautier, C. & Fellous, J-L. (2008) Facing Climate Change Together. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK.
George D. A. (2018) Research priorities and best pracrice for managing climate risk and climate change adaptation in Australian agriculture. Australiaian Journal of Environmental Management. doi: 10.1080/14486563.2018.1506948.
Gergis, J. (2018) Sunburnt Country: The History and Future of Climate Change in Australia. Melbourne University Press, Melbourne: Australia.
Golden D. M., Auder C. & Smith M. A. (Peggy) (2015) 'Blue ice': Framing climate change and reframing climate change adaptation from the Indigenous peroples' perspective in the northern boreal forest of Ontario, Canada. Climate and Development 7(5), 401 - 13.
Green D., Billy J. & Tapim A. (2010) Indigenous Australians' knowledge of weather and climate. Climate Change. doi: 10.1007/s1054-010-9803-z.
Harding, R, Hendriks, C.M. & Faruqi, M. (2009) Environmental Decision-Making: Exploring Complexity and Context. Federation Press: Annandale, NSW
Harrington S. (2020) By paying attention, tribes in the Norhwoods are leading the way on climate change. Yale Climate Connections 16, 567 - 71.
Hume, M. (2009) Why We Disagree about Climate Change. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2019) Climate Change & Land. Summary for Policymakers. IPCC: Geneva, Switzerland.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2022) Climate change, 2022: impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability. Contribution of Working Group II to the sixth assessment report of the intergovernmental panel on climate change. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
Ivanova M. (2020) Everyone, everywhere: The challenge of climate change. Nature 579(7797) p 468
Jakku et al. (2016) Learning the hard way: A case study of an attempt at agricultural transformation in response to climate change. Climate Change 137, 557 - 74
Linnenluke M. K., Griffiths A. & Winn M. L. (2013) Firm and industry adaptation to climate change: A review of climate adaptation studies in the business and management field. WIREs Climate Change 4, 397 - 416.
Lomborg, B. (2007) Cool it: The Sceptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming. Marshall Cavendish: London
Lutz et al. (2014) Universal education is key to enhanced climate adaptation. Science 346 (6213), 1061 - 62
Machin, A. (2013) Negotiating Climate Change: Radical Democracy and the Illusion of Consensus. Zed Book: London
Makower J. (2020) What does 'climate risk' actually mean? Greenbiz 31 Aug 2020. Accessed at: https://www.greenbiz.com/article/what-does-climate-risk-actually-mean?
Markey R., McIvor J., O'Brien M. & Wright C. F. (2021) Triggering business responses to climate policy in Australia. Australian Journal of Management 46(2), 248 - 71.
McKinsey Global Institute (2020) Reduced dividends on natural capital? McKinsey Global Institute: NY, USA.
McKinsey & Company (2020) McKinsey on Climate Change. McKinsey: New York, USA.
McKinsey & Company (2020) The Next Normal: Doubling Down on Sustainability. McKinsey: New York, USA.
Measham, T. & Lockie, S. (Eds.) (2012) Risk and Social Theory in Environmental Management. CSIRO Publishing: Collingwood, Vic
Mills, N. (2020) Colac's renewable organics network is turning food waste into biogas, hot water and power. ABC News 13 Dec 2020. Accessed at https://www.abc.au/news/2020-12-13/colac-renewable-organics-network-solution-to-war-on-waste/12736182.
Mustonen T, Harper S, Pecl G, Broto VC, Lansbury N, Okem A, Ayanlade A, Dawson J, Harris P, Feodoroff P, McGregor D (2022) Cross-chapter box INDIG: the role of indigenous knowledge and local knowledge in understanding and adapting to climate change. In: IPCC, 2022: Climate Change 2022: Impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability. Contribution of Working Group II to the sixth assessment report of the intergovernmental panel on climate change. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
Oreskes, N. & Conway, E.M. (2010) Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming. Bloomsbury Press: NY
Oreskes, N. & Conway, E.M. (2014) The Collapse of Western Civilisation: A View from the Future. Columbia University Press: New York, USA
Painter, J. (2013) Climate Change in the Media: Reporting Risk and Uncertainty. IB Taurus & Co: London
Patterson, T., Bastianoni, S. & Simpson, M. (2006) Tourism & climate change: Two-way street or vicious / virtuous circle? Journal of Sustainable Tourism 14(4), 339 - 48.
Paulson, H.M. (2015) Short-termism and the threat from climate change. McKinsey & Company: New York, USA
Pelling, M. (2011) Adaptation to Climate Change. Routledge: London
Pinkse, J. & Gasbarro, F. (2016) Managing physical impacts of climate change: an attentional perspective on corporate adaptation. Business & Society 1 - 36
Rickards, I.& Howden, R. (2012) Transformational adaptation: Agriculture and climate change. Crop & Pasture Science 63, 240 - 50
Romalello M. et al. (2021) The 2021 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: Code red for a healthy future. Lancet. doi.org/10.1016/50140-6736(21)01787-6.
Schneider, S.H., Rosencranz, A., Mastrandrea, M.D. & Kuntz-Duriseti, K. (2010) Climate Change Science and Policy. Island Press: Washington DC
Stones, P.E. (2015) What We Think About When We Try Not to Think About Global Warming. Chelsea Green Publishing: White RiverJunction, USA.
Sun Chemicals (2018) Going Beyond Environmental Claims. Sun Chemicals: Northside, USA.
Supran G. * Oreskes N. (2021) Rhetoric and frame analysis of ExxonMobil's climate change communications. One Earth 4(5), 696 - 719.
Global Change Research Program (2009) Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science. Global Change Research Program: Washington, USA.
Walker, B. (2019) Finding Resilience: Change and Uncertainty in Nature and Society. CSIRO Press: Canberra, Australia.
Walker, B. & Salt, D. (2012) Resilience Practice: Building capacity to Absorb Disturbance and Maintain Function. Island Press: Washington, USA
Weaver et al. (2013) Improving the contribution of climate model information to decision-making: The value and demands of robust decision frameworks. WIREs Climate Change 4, 39 - 60
Weir, B. & Mummery, J. (2018) Business perceptions and responses to climate change and adaptation: Evidence from a case study of the Canberra Region. Paper presented at the CA18 Climate Adaptation Conference, Canberra ACT, July 2018.
World Health Organisation (2017) Climate Change and Health. World Health Organisation: Geneva: Switzerland
Whetton, P., Karoly, D., Watterson, I., Webb, L., Drost, F., Kirono, D. & McInness, K. (2014) Australia's climate in a four degree world. In Christoff, P. (Ed.) Four Degrees of Global Warming: Australia in Hot World. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxford, UK. pp 17 - 32
Wright, C. & Nyberg, D. (2015) Climate change, Capitalism and Corporations. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge: UK
Submission of assessment items
Special assessment requirements
To pass this Unit, students must BOTH:
- Attempt each assessment item; AND
- Achieve an overall score of 50% or more.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Assessment item 1 is undertaken in class.
Required IT skills
Work placement, internships or practicums
You must meet the requirements of the BGL Faculty 'Good Essay Guide' in your written submissions and presentations.
A copy of the Guide is available on the Unit Canvas site.
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