This course views climate change from a variety of
perspectives at the intersection of the natural sciences, technology, and the
social sciences and humanities.
Specific topics included are:
the scientific basis for
human-induced climate change, including uncertainties and controversies,
the historical context for identifying the climate problem, links to other
issues such as air pollution, and the evidence for extreme as well as
irreversible climate changes;
communication and social responses
to the scientific evidence, including the role of science in the media;
assessment of climate impacts and
adaptive management; and
mitigation of emissions, including
the design of national policy instruments, the roles of market failures
such as in technological innovation, and the role of institutions in
managing international collective action.
Below you will find the course topics for each week. You will have access to a more detailed syllabus on the course start date.
This course has 19 lessons, weekly activities, a mid-term, and a final exam. The topics are as follows: