Short Courses

The following short courses are run by ACDI affiliated departments or research groups at UCT:

CSAG Winter School

The CSAG Winter School is a two-week intensive course aimed for mid-career professionals engaged in decision and policy development which may involve issues related to climate change and adaptation.

Follow this link for more information on applications, fees and course content  

ERC Short Courses

The Energy Research Centre facilitate two courses as part of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Programme. These courses provide a means for the on-going education of professionals, outside the formal academic courses offered at UCT for degree purposes. Two courses relevant to the climate change field are the Energy and Climate Change and Energy Modelling and Analysis courses.

Follow this link to the CDP website for more information.

Online courses

Climate Change Mitigation in Developing Countries is offered through the online learning platform Coursera.

Climate change mitigation (reducing greenhouse gas emissions) and development both involve many complex problems - each are 'wicked' problems, meaning they defy easy solutions. Tackling both development and climate change together is a 'super-wicked' problem - a problem that involves many tradeoffs between different objectives - but also, more deeply, it involves dealing with competing interests.

 Climate Change Mitigation is led by Prof Harald Winkler, director of the Energy Research Centre at the University of Cape Town, along with colleagues from the Mitigation Action Plans & Scenarios (MAPS) Programme, a collaborative partnership of country teams in the Global South - Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, India, and South Africa.

 The course explores the challenges faced by developing country governments wanting to grow their economies in a climate friendly way, and addresses the complexity inherent in lifting societies out of poverty while also mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. 

Using the MAPS process, Climate Change Mitigation explores how to contribute to ambitious climate change mitigation that aligns economic development with poverty alleviation, by establishing the evidence base for long-term transition to robust economies that are both carbon efficient and climate resilient. Over six weeks, it explores topics such as facilitation process techniques, energy modeling, scenario building, innovation and policy making:

 Week 1 - Complexity of climate change mitigation

  • Week 2 - Mandating co-production of knowledge
  • Week 3 - Mitigation action research and modelling
  • Week 4 - Minding the mitigation gap
  • Week 5 - Responding to mitigation challenges
  • Week 6 - Bridges to domestic and international policy

 There are multiple contributors to Climate Change Mitigation, who each bring a personal voice to the issues of sustainable development and climate change. The course offers you the opportunity for discussions with learners from all over the world in a flexible model which is designed to fit around your other time commitments. Working through the course should take you about 3 hours per week, which you can do at times that are convenient to your own schedule.

 Anyone can enrol for free on the Coursera platform, and a statement of participation can be purchased for a small fee. Financial aid is available for students who cannot afford to pay this fee. All you will need to take part is a device and an internet connection.

Course sign-up page on Coursera: