Semester Offering: August

The objective of this course is to provide students with practical insights and up-to-date knowledge on the interconnected themes of climate change, urbanization, energy and food, and to familiarize them with the extent of the challenges facing the Asia Pacific region and some of the possible solutions. This course has been jointly developed by the partner institutes and universities including Asian Institute of Technology, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, University of Hawaii, Waseda University, University of the Ryukyus, and the National University of Samoa.


By the end of the course, the students will be able to:
-      Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the human security discourse related to climate systems, urbanization, and resource scarcity issues.
-      Evaluate innovative approaches to the resolution and management of these issues.
-      Show competence in the medium of video-conferencing as a learning tool in a carbon constrained world.   




I.         Climate Change and Renewable Power System
II.        Climate Change and Global Sea Level Rise
III.       Climate Change and Global Food Security
IV.       Decarbonization Policy
V.        Update on the Latest Climate Science from the IPCC and Global Carbon Project
VI.       Climate Justice and Forced Migration
VII.      Risk-sensitive Urban Planning
VIII.     Urbanization trends, development patterns and future climate change




No designated textbook, but class notes and selected handouts will be provided.


1.    Lo, F. and Marcotullio, P. J. (2001). Globalization and the Sustainability of Cities in the Asia Pacific Region, United Nations University Press, Japan.
2.    Onishi, T. and Kobayashi, H. (2011). Low Carbon Cities: The Future of Urban Planning, Gakugei Shuppan-sha, Japan.
3.    Filho, L. (2015). Climate Change in the Asia-Pacific Region, Springer International Publishing, Switzerland.


1.      Climate Policy Journal, Taylor and Francis.
2.      Energy Policy Journal, Elsevier.
3.      Environmental and Resource Economics Journal, Springer.

Summary for Policy makers: Working Group I, II, III’s Contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report of IPCC, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Geneva, 2014.


Lecture sessions (28 hours), class presentations and discussion (4 hours), assignments (20-30 hours), and self and group-study (90 hours).


The course will be offered via videoconference linking the classrooms in real-time at each partner university. As a result, the students will have direct access to experts from across the region. Students should be strategic in how they approach the videoconferencing and take advantage of this opportunity by raising questions and discussing topics with the lecturers and other students. All course materials will be available via the course management system (Moodle).


The final grade will be computed from the following constituent parts:
   -   Assignments             :   30%
   -   Class presentation   :   20%
   -   End-of-term report    :   30%
   -   Class attendance     :   20%
Grade “A” would be awarded if a student demonstrates advanced knowledge as anticipated in the course learning outcomes above; Grade “B” would be awarded for overall understanding of topics; Grade “C” is for below-expected understanding; and “D” for not meeting the most-basic expectations.