Summer (2nd Session) 2009 Course Description

Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Section Title: Development Within a Low Carbon World
Instructor(s): David Eaton
Course: P A 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
(previously Seminar in Topics in Public Policy)
Unique Number: 93910
Waitlist Information:For LBJ Students: UT Waitlist Information
Notes: This course taught in Japan from 8/1 throu 8/23/09

Description: This course seeks to prepare professionals for post-Kyoto climate negotiations and address sustainable development issues associated with adoption of climate-related technologies in developing nations.

One half of the formal coursework (40 content hours) will address basic climate and development issues including climate science, applied climate science, climate engineering, economics, law and policy associated with climate change, the impact of climate mitigation on developing nations and the potential for enhanced economic development through climate technologies in less developed nations. This part of the course will address major topics related to developing an understanding of climate change processes as well as prevention, mitigation, and adaptation to the consequence of climate change. Some specific topics will be: climate science; the expected impacts of climate change on human and natural systems; vulnerabilities of human and natural systems to climate change; as well as policies for prevention, mitigation and adaptation to climate change. Some of the specific development topics in the course relate to the climate mitigation options for developing nations that studies of green technology in developing nations, and the potential for financial assistance to developing nations for climate change mitigations.

A second part of the class (40 content hours) will cover mediation, negotiation skills and multi-party negotiations. The objective of this part of the course are to provide participants with an understanding of communication, negotiation, and mediation skills and to demonstrate how the application of these skills to multi-party negotiations can result in a more productive process and a more informed outcome. The training will include both instructional and experiential learning tools, with an emphasis on role plays as a part of the training. This part of the class will begin with a review of the negotiations over climate change agreements, prior to Kyoto and up to the present. Some of the other instruction topics include: communications and the historical experience of previous climate change negotiations; learning in a multi-cultural world; negotiation tools; mediation principles, and multi-party consensus building. Awareness of cultural differences in communication and approaches to conflict resolution will be an underlying theme throughout the program.

A third part of the class (16 contact hours) will be a “mock” post-Kyoto negotiation session to develop a global approach to presentation, adoption and mitigation of global climate change.

This course will build upon four courses offered within the LBJ School during Fall and Spring 2008-9, as listed below. None of these courses are required as pre-requisite for the course. Any student who completes any of these courses will be in a stronger position to take advantage of the content of this course. The courses are:

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