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CCPC 501: Policy Responses & Options

This course provides an in-depth analysis of development and implementation of climate change policy at international, national, and regional levels. Emphasis will be given to the Northern context, including the role of governance, negotiation, engagement and consultation. Emerging interdisciplinary topics on adaptation and mitigation, such as market-based and economy?wide options for reducing carbon in the atmosphere, renewable energies, and the role of traditional technologies will be explored.

A multitude of factors that influence policy-making in the North will be investigated. The influences of both local and global policy initiatives will be considered. Students will analyze current policies with respect to climate change adaptation and mitigation. Examples will range from local to global and will include policies and treaties, for example the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Paris Agreement or the Assembly of First Nations? National Water Declaration (Canada). Through case studies, students will learn how and why governments make decisions, and how they, along with non-governmental organizations and private sector companies, respond to policy initiatives. While studying the policy process, students will consider the role and contributions of various stakeholders and partners. As well, Canada?s approach and practice regarding consultation and engagement are discussed. In addition, the course will touch on consultation in the Yukon context via examples such as the Final Agreements and indigenous peoples that have chosen another path of self-determination.

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