The Business of Climate Change
This module offers the opportunity for multidisciplinary study on a topic that businesses need to be well informed. The module focuses on one problem, but one very complex and vital problem: Climate Change. Within the classes, we will discuss the paradoxical role of business and climate change. The following questions are addressed: How does climate change affect business? How can businesses develop climate change strategies? How do carbon markets work? What are their limits and potential? Why do we find it so difficult to adopt less carbon intensive lifestyles? What is the role of technology? What are the ethical issues that climate change raises? What are the responsibilities of business?
Full module specification
|Module title:||The Business of Climate Change|
|Duration of module:||
Duration (weeks) - term 2: |
The aim of this module is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between business and climate change, discussing their negative impact and their potential contribution to reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases. Students will gain literacy in climate change political context that can shape business as well as issues relevant to both business managers and citizen-consumers.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. apply analysis to policy options for addressing climate change.
- 2. compare and evaluate different policies and determine their effects on the behaviour and performance of firms.
- 3. understand the strategic options for businesses.
- 4. comprehend the behavioural issues associated with carbon reduction.
- 5. understand the ethical dimensions of climate change and the extent to which ethical values can be effectively, adopted by consumers and companies, and incorporated into government policies.
- 6. appreciate the political economy associated with climate change.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 7. develop capacity for critical thought and reasoned discussion,
- 8. develop skills for addressing complex problems
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 9. enhance independent study skills,
- 10. development of written communication skills.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Contact hours||20 hours||10 X 2 hour Lectures|
|5 hours||Fortnightly 1 hour x 5|
|Independent study||125 hours||Core and supplementary reading, trial preparation and revision|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Trial debate||1 debate during the 1 hour tutorial||1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10||Verbal|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Group report - Trial preparation||36||Written report - max 3,500 words||1, 3, 5-10||Written|
|Jury participation - Cast your individual vote for the remaining debates||4||Cast your vote as a jury member for the 4 remaining debates (each vote equals 1%, totalling 4% of this assessment)||1-9|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Group report - Trial preparation||Individual essay (40%) 2,500 words||1, 3, 5-10||July|
|Examination||Same as original (60%) 2 hours||1-8||August assessment period|
- Introduction to Climate Change
- Carbon Markets Opportunities and Limits
- Changing Behaviours for a Changing Climate?
- The role of technology
- Climate Change and Company Strategy
- Impacts, Adaptation and Mitigation
- International Agreement on Climate Change
- Climate Change and Ethical Issues
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Module reading will be from a variety of sources with many made available through the Module website. Each lecture has a mandatory reading list and a complementary one.
The following books are references that can support the majority of the topics covered in this module:
- Wright, C., & Nyberg, D. (2015). Climate Change, Capitalism, and Corporations: Processes of Creative Self-Destruction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. http://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139939676
- Bansal, P. and Hoffman, A. (2011) The Oxford Handbook of Business and the Natural Environment Oxford:OUP (available online from the Forum Library)
- Boehm, S. and Dabhi, S. (2009) Upsetting the Offset: The Political Economy of Carbon Markets. MayFlyBooks. Available from: http://mayflybooks.org/?page_id=21
- Brohe, A., Eyre, N., and Howarth, N. (2009) Carbon Markets: An International Business Guide. London ; Sterling, VA: Earthscan, (available online from the Forum Library)
- Gardiner, S.M. (2011) A Perfect Moral Storm: The Ethical Tragedy of Climate Change. Oxford University Press. (available online from the Forum Library)
- Klein, N. (2015) This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate. London: Penguin Random House.
- Pinkse, J and Kolk, A. (2009) International Business and Global Climate Change London : Routledge. (available online from the Forum Library)
- Stern, N. (2007) The Economics of Climate Change: The Stern Review Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Also available from: http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/sternreview_index.htm
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