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Thursday, July 11th, 2019

Newcastle Law School offers free online course

Newcastle Law School offers free online course in International Climate Change Law and Policy

University of Newcastle Law School

If you study law at the University of Newcastle, you’ll be studying at the brand-new NeW Space!

We know the idea of studying abroad can be daunting. What if you move all the way around the world and your courses aren’t what you expected?

To help prospective students get a feel for studying law, Newcastle Law School is offering a free online course in International Climate Change Law and Policy. The course is coordinated by Dr. Elena Aydos (Newcastle Law School, UON), Dr. Sven Rudolph (Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University) and Professor Christopher Kellett (School of Electrical Engineering and Computing, UON).

This four-week course commences July 17, 2019. You will have the opportunity to learn how to critically assess environmental economics theory and its application to climate change policy, including the use of market-based policy approaches such as environmental taxes and emissions trading.

While this course doesn’t generate credits toward a degree program, it’s a great “taster” for Law and Economics of Climate Change, which is an elective course in both the Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice program and in the Master of Environmental Law.

If you are considering studying law in Australia, this online course is a great way to get a feel for how law is taught at the University of Newcastle!

Enrolments are open via the edX online platform.

Study at Newcastle Law School

On top of amazing international experiences, students will have access to the state-of-the-art facilities, as Newcastle Law School is now housed at the NeW Space precinct. JD students are currently enjoying the highest quality social learning spaces, digital library services and information commons, collaborative learning and research spaces, and facilities for engagement with industry, business and the community.

Program: Juris Doctor & Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
Location: Newcastle (Callaghan)
Duration: 3 years
Semester intakes: February and July each year
Next available semester intake: February 2020
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline. Candidates are encouraged to apply at least three months prior to the program’s start date.

Apply to the University of Newcastle Law School!


Do you have any questions about studying at the Newcastle Law School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Kati Gorbachyova at law@oztrekk.com for more information.

Friday, March 9th, 2018

Newcastle Law School offering free online law course

You’re interested in studying law, but you’re not 100% sure if it’s for you. Wouldn’t it be great if you could test out a free online law course before committing?

Great news: you can!

Newcastle Law School offering free online law course

Find out more about what it’s like to study at Newcastle Law School

Newcastle Law School is offering just that. If you would like to get a sense of how law courses are taught at the University of Newcastle in Australia, you might like to enroll in their free online course International Climate Change Law and Policy, which commences March 28, 2018.

This course can be accessed on the edX online platform at https://www.edx.org/course/international-climate-change-law-and-policy.

This free online law course course is effectively an introduction to Newcastle Law School’s (more detailed) masters-level course in the Law and Economics of Climate Change, which can be taken as an elective course in three of their programs:

About this course

This course will equip you with the fundamentals of international climate change law and policy. You will learn to critically assess environmental economics theory and its application to climate change policy, including the use of market-based policy approaches such as environmental taxes and emissions trading.

International Climate Change Law and Policy will discuss a range of controversial debates, reflecting the highly politicised nature of international climate change law.

The course is of particular interest to professionals in environmental and resources sectors, public policy, government sector, non-government sector and private sector (e.g., sustainability consulting).

What you’ll learn

  • Critically assess the causes of climate change and distinguish its impacts in relation to different countries and generations
  • Understand the legal principles, rules and institutions of the international climate change regime
  • Explain how markets function and fail by applying the Theory of Externalities
  • Compare and contrast Taxes and Cap-and-Trade, with a focus on efficiency and effectiveness
  • Demonstrate intercultural awareness and sensitivity to the social and economic perspectives of other nations

Newcastle Law School Juris Doctor Program

Program: Juris Doctor / Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
Location: Newcastle, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Next intake: July 2018
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged apply at least three months prior to the program’s start date.

Apply to the University of Newcastle Law School!


Do you have any questions about this free online law course, or about studying at Newcastle Law School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon at molly@oztrekk.com!

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

UQ launches free online philosophy and English courses

Students around the world preparing for English proficiency testing now have access to a new online course offered by the University of Queensland.

It is one of two new free edX courses, with the other designed to attract people interested in “thinking about thinking.”

University of Queensland philosophy and English

The philosophy course develops cognitive skills and philosophical ideas (Image credit: UQ)

Associate Professor Deborah Brown said META101x: Philosophy and Critical Thinking developed the cognitive skills and philosophical ideas needed for a thinking economy.

“It looks at how thinking and argument allow us to frame and approach some of life’s big questions, from how we can know about the world and ourselves, to what it means to be thinking in the first place,” said Dr Brown, who developed the course with fellow academic, Peter Ellerton.

Both are from the UQ School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry.

“META101x is an introductory course aimed at senior secondary school students and first-year university students, though as with all UQx courses, anyone with internet access can enrol.

“The course is short and intense (four weeks), and will transform how you think and engage with the world.”

Each of the four modules is being released weekly, with the first available this week.

The English course—IELTSx: IELTS Academic Test Preparation—has been developed by the Institute of Continuing and TESOL Education (ICTE-UQ) to assist students preparing for assessment through the International English Language Testing System.

TESOL Director of Studies Iain Mathieson said the course was designed for people who did not have English as a first language.

“The self-paced course provides about 80 hours of interactive practice materials covering the four skills tested: listening, speaking, reading and writing,” he said.

“To develop the course we have leveraged the expertise of ICTE-UQ, which has been helping students prepare for the academic IELTS test for more than 25 years.

“The ICTE-UQ staff are excited to have the opportunity to share their IELTS test knowledge and expertise with not only test-takers here at UQ, but now with students from all around the world.

“Each section of the course includes engaging video and audio presentations that cover key test-taking skills, strategies and techniques.

“Students complete a wide variety of authentic IELTS-style exercises and activities which provide focused practice of the skills, strategies and techniques that test-takers need to perform at their best.”

The two new Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) were part funded through edX’s High School Initiative, which produces MOOCs geared towards secondary school students from around the world.

UQx Director John Zornig said the new courses would suit prospective students who wanted to create change in themselves and to ensure they were university-ready.

“Well-developed English language and critical thinking skills are essential for any student about to embark on their higher education journey,” Mr Zornig said.

“UQx hopes these courses will benefit students wherever they may choose to study. We also hope it might lead them to enrol in a traditional program of study at UQ.”

Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology founded edX in 2012. It offers stimulating and engaging free online education.

About the UQ School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry

The disciplines of Classics, Religion, Philosophy and History work together in the areas of teaching, research and school administration, whilst retaining their respective community activities and professional associations.

The UQ School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry is recognised for the high quality of its teaching and research. The school’s dynamic team of academic staff are widely published internationally and have extensive research backgrounds.

The school is dedicated to cross-disciplinary teaching and learning activities, so that students are offered a variety of learning experiences in collaboration between the disciplines and with other schools across the university. The research community hosts a vibrant and enthusiastic cohort of research students.


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