Science and Policy of Climate Change 2012



Few issues pose a greater challenge to economic prosperity and human security than climate change. It represents one of the biggest environmental, social and economic threats facing the planet.
This twelve-week, blended learning program has been jointly developed by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), in collaboration with the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Centre (TDLC).
The program follows an interdisciplinary approach and is enriched by audio, video, and interactive web-based content. It uses the latest information and communication technology (ICT) tools and techniques and also employs a unique format of learning through video conferencing by utilizing the facilities of Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) – an initiative started and developed by the World Bank in 2000.


  • Build capacities of individuals and organizations for a better understanding of climate change dynamics;
  • Evolve an interdisciplinary approach towards understanding the various challenges posed by climate change; and
  • Provide participants an opportunity to demonstrate functional knowledge of the core issues of climate change through analysis and diagnosis of real-world problems.


Learning Outcomes
After completion of the course, the participants will be able to:

Develop a holistic understanding of the climate-change problem, which can potentially affect all dimensions of life (business, society, environment, etc);
  • Acquire technical skills required to address problems with respect to the varied dimensions of climate change;
  • Identify, create, and reflect upon ‘integrated approaches’ and appropriate interventions that may lead to taking necessary action and coping with climate change; and
  • Put theory into practice by:

Applying science into policy making;

Exploring the risks and opportunities for business;

Formulating sound strategies for adaptation and mitigation; and

Understanding the interface between development and climate change.

Target Audience
The course has been customized for:

  • Development practitioners
  • Policy makers
  • Corporate sector
  • Graduates and mid-level professionals


Course Approach
The course will commence with an introductory videoconference session that will provide an overview of the course structure and the core concepts. The 12-week course will consist of four learning modules spread over two weeks each. The duration of each module will be 20-25 learning hours. The course will be delivered through a blended learning format comprising video-recorded lectures, academic articles and multimedia among others. It will be made available through the Moodle learning management system.

In order to ascertain assimilation, the participants will be evaluated on:

  • Participation in activities (20%):

Discussion Forum


Participant Feedback

  • Intermediate tests (30 %)
  • Final assignment (50%)

At the end of the course, there will be a concluding videoconference during which a synthesis of the concepts presented throughout the course modules will be provided. The session will also summarize key themes and present the way forward.


Registration: Feb 27 – Mar 30, 2012
Introductory VC session: Apr 11, 2012
Module 1 (including VC): Apr16 – May 5, 2012
Module 2 (including VC): May 7-26, 2012
Module 3 (including VC): May 28 – Jun 16, 2012
Module 4 (including VC): Jun 18- Jul 7, 2012
Concluding VC session: Jul 11, 2012


Course Content

Module 1: Science of climate change
Fundamental concepts related to the science of climate dynamics, natural forcing of the climate system, greenhouse effect, natural and anthropogenic drivers of climate change, methods and tools to detect changes in the climate, modeling, observed changes in the climate and causes behind climate change, scientific evidence of climate change, and so on.

Module 2: Impacts of climate change
Impacts of climate change on different sectors and regions of the world.

Module 3: Coping with climate change
Potential to harm societies and ecosystems, in particular, agriculture, forestry, water resources, human health, coastal settlements and natural ecosystems. This module will cover the following topics:

  • Vulnerability assessment
  • Concept of adaptation
  • Types of adaptation
  • Costs of coping with climate change

Module 4: Action and political economy

  • Negotiations, including the outcomes of the recent COP17 to the UNFCCC;
  • Climate-change policies such as those promoting low-carbon technologies or lifestyle changes in key mitigation sectors; and
  • Linking the negotiations with public policy, looking back at developments at COP17.

To successfully complete the course, participants should have:

  • Proficiency in English language; and
  • Strong commitment and subject interest

On successful completion of the course, the participants will be awarded a joint certificate from TERI, IGES and TDLC.

Course Fee
US$ 250 per participant. 20-40% scholarship may be offered to undergraduate students, unemployed and low income participants.
To apply, please contact:

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

Contact: Vinod Bhargava


The HCMC Development Learning Center (HDLC)

Contact: Nguyen Ngoc Ha


How to apply

Online registration at

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