Climate Change: From Awareness to Action


Fall 2014 and Winter 2015 quarters

Taught by

economics, political economy, statistics
TBA-Climate Justice hire

Climate change: can we actually do anything about it? This program provides a comprehensive background for climate change policy and activism. It offers a grounding in climate science, including the causes of greenhouse gas accumulation, its effects on local and global climate systems and the impacts it portends for human societies and the ecosystems they inhabit. The main purpose, however, is to address the challenge of responding to it. On the policy front, the program will employ economics, political economy, international relations and other social science perspectives to examine proposals for reversing climate trends and assisting vulnerable communities to adapt to the impacts we can’t avoid. Tools for activism will include communication skills, community organizing and public opinion analysis. In this way, the program will combine academic research, critical analysis of popular representations of climate change debates and hands-on work with local activists and public officials. Fall quarter work will emphasize the science and policy of climate change; in winter, the emphasis will shift to activism.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

law, government, environmental studies, environmental and community activism.

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day


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Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online:


Date Revision
April 2nd, 2014 This program has been cancelled.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Fall); 16 (Winter)

Class standing: Sophomore–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 50


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Accepting New Students

Signature Required

The student should have the equivalent of a course in either the science of climate change or climate change policy.

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