5870 Climate Change Strategy Role Play
Dr. Viviana Asara
Contact details
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  • Weekly hours
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02/13/19 to 02/22/19
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Subject(s) Master Programs
Day Date Time Room
Monday 03/18/19 02:00 PM - 06:00 PM TC.3.12
Tuesday 03/19/19 02:00 PM - 06:00 PM TC.4.16
Tuesday 03/26/19 02:00 PM - 06:00 PM TC.4.16
Thursday 03/28/19 02:00 PM - 06:00 PM D1.1.074
Tuesday 04/02/19 02:00 PM - 06:00 PM TC.4.16
Thursday 04/04/19 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM TC.3.07
Tuesday 05/07/19 02:00 PM - 06:00 PM TC.4.16
Friday 05/10/19 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM Extern
Saturday 05/11/19 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM Extern
Sunday 05/12/19 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM Extern
Tuesday 05/21/19 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM D2.0.392


This course is part of an internationally coordinated CEMs programme onhuman induced climate change policy and the negotiation skills training. The course will inform students of the basic science, impacts, uncertainties and economic issues surrounding human induced climate change. These issues will be covered before moving on to the role of different actors in climate policy. The focus is on three groups of actors namely: business, government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Invited speakers from each grouping will present their positions on climate change. The aim for student is to understand their concerns and the issues they are facing in light of the challenges posed by climate change and the control of the greenhouse gases that create the problem.

A key aspect of the course is to have students take on the role of different actors and participate in a 2 day role play exercise. In line with the innovative three-sector approach of this course, each student will either represent a government delegate, a NGO or a lobbyist from industry. This approach aims to provide experience not only in intergovernmental debate of climate change issues, but also in the way different actors influence these discussions. Students will prepare a background briefing and position paper on an allocated actor e.g. a country, an environmental NGO. They will represent this actor in the international negotiation exercise. Each student has an individual role, and isalso part of a small team or delegation. Most delegations consist of multiple representatives of one country or group of countries. This role play exercise will bring together students from partner institutions across Europe for are creation of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) process.

Learning outcomes

  • Institutional mechanisms:understanding of the negotiation process under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  • Interests of actors and their discourses: recognising the diverging interests of different key actors involved in national and international climate policy negotiations. These actors are broadly classified as government bodies and their various delegated authorities, corporations, business and industry, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) both civil/humanitarian and environmental (ENGOs).
  • Connections: learn how corporate strategies and public policies are interlinked, both in terms of challenges and resolutions.
  • International cooperation: through interaction with students from other countries, all participants will practice negotiating and the challenges of consensus seeking solutions, but will also experience first hand the international dimension of the climate change challenge
  • Negotiation skills: All students should learn the basic principles of the mutual gains approach to negotiation, gain a better understanding of bilateral and multilateral negotiation dynamics, and be able to see the climate negotiations through this lens.

Attendance requirements

Attendance at all classes is a course requirement, including the two day role play on 10-12 May (start at 19:00 on 10 May, end at 19:00 on 12 May). This year it will be held at University of Cologne, Germany. There will be a refunds of 150 euros for a train return ticket. If only one way will be by train, the refund will be for 75 euros. Meals will be provided.

Teaching/learning method(s)

  • • Lectures
  • • Guest Lectures ofspeakers from government and industries
  • • Team Exercises
  • • Role Play


1) Active participation (20%)

2) Individual Exam (20%)

3) Group background paper & presentation (20%)

4) Group position paper (20%)

5) Individual reflection paper (20%)



Last edited: 2019-03-17