This resource has been compiled by staff at The Australia Institute in conjunction with high school teachers and university academics who work in the field of climate change. The Australia Institute is a not-for-profit public interest think tank based in Canberra. For more information see our website www.tai.org.au. Funding for this project was generously provided by Australian Ethical Investment Ltd.
The modules will be best suited to teachers in the humanities, namely in the studies of society and environment, geography and economics. Modules 1, 2 and 9, which cover the science and impacts of climate change and nuclear energy, will also provide useful background for science teachers.
Appropriate for students in years 9 and 10, each module is designed for a discrete class of around 50 minutes, or possibly longer if the student activities are undertaken in detail. Module 6, which looks at the economics of climate change, is specifically targeted at students studying economics in year 11.
The series aims to provide teachers and students with accurate information about climate change, rather than providing detailed classroom activities. Nevertheless, each module concludes with suggested questions and exercises for students. As will be clear, the activities are not exhaustive and we encourage teachers to expand on the activities suggested as they see fit.