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DECO 1985A - Getting the job done : implementing energy and climate policies after the Paris Agreement

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


Getting the job done: implementing energy and climate policies after the Paris Agreement, is an elective course in English intended for students with an interest in political economics, international politics and environmental topics, with no particular background on energy and/or climate. The course is delivered in English. Students are expected to participate to the class in this language.

Course Description

Climate and energy policies are undergoing unprecedented and rapid changes following the landmark Paris Agreement for climate that was reached, signed and ratified since COP21 in 2015. Developed and developing countries are moving from broad and ambitious climate objectives to concrete policies. “Getting the job done” is a course designed to help students question and make sense of recent policy announcements as well as underlying trends of climate change mitigation and adaptation. It will review a variety of initiatives and measures taken by public institutions, companies, NGOs and the financial sector in an effort to shift to more sustainable economies and development pathways. The course will be articulated in 12 sessions covering energy and climate in a sequence “from man to cloud”. It will start with a description of the global energy and climate systems. It will then adopt the point of view of key stakeholders (government, civil society organizations, private sector, international institutions) in their efforts to develop energy and climate policies. The course will encourage students to enquire about existing and potential policies in a country of their choice, and to participate in various interactive exercises, including a simulation of international negotiation, set up in an operational approach of energy and climate challenges. Disclaimer: The syllabus may slightly be updated.


  • CRISTOFARI, Charlotte-Fleur (Consultant on climate affairs for the French development Agency)
  • HAINAUT, Hadrien (Chargé de recherche, I4CE - Institute for Climate Economics)

Course validation

The course encourages students to get involved in the process of teaching and learning. The evaluation of this course will be based on a sequence of three exercises: - an oral presentation, possibly in groups of 2-3 students; - a personal reflection paper ; - a participation mark. Evaluation will take into account students' implication in the course material, the quality and frequency of their contributions to the class and the ability to develop coherent, well-argued positions about the course subjects. Written exercises can be handed over in French at student's request.

Required reading

  • Headline statements of IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report Synthesis (2 pages, 2014)
  • Larry Elliott, Can the world economy survive without fossil fuels? The Guardian Long Read, April 2015 (about 10 pages)
  • World Resources Institute (WRI), The Paris Agreement: Turning Point for a Climate Solution (blogpost, 2015)
  • Institute for Climate Economics (I4CE), Climate Brief n°38 COP21:success at “the end of the beginning”, (8-page article, 2015)

Additional required reading

This course does not require students to acquire any specific textbook