Level: I – Introductory
Class size limit: 25
Meets the following requirements:
• HS – Human Studies
Lab fee: $10
Climate change is one of the largest and most difficult challenges faced by contemporary societies.
The challenge has multiple facets: environmental, social, political, economic – each with its own complexities. This course focuses primarily on the social, political and economic components of the climate problem, framed by the concept of climate justice.
In the course students are introduced to basic conceptions of justice, the latest findings of climate science and possible impacts on regional scales, and the global politics of climate change, principally in the context of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Climate justice and its operationalization is the principal organizing theme for work over the term, addressing questions such as: how the costs of climate change impacts and efforts to address climate change could or should be distributed between rich and poor, global north and global south; and what are the possible means whereby those costs might be addressed through collective action at various levels: local, national, and global.
Students will be evaluated based on regular quizzes, several short papers, class participation, and a final synthetic paper or project.