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The Global Politics of Climate Change
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|Course Dates||Weeks||Meeting Times||Status||Instructor(s)||CRN|
|June 13, 2016 - June 24, 2016||2||M-F 3:15-6:05P||Open||Matthew Hodgetts||10855|
Climate change is the most important issue humanity faces and will increasingly dominate our experiences and global discourse over the course of our lives. The takeaway message of this course is that while global governance is presently dysfunctional, there is reason to hope, and that motivated individuals can still make a difference. Students will learn who the major actors are, how they relate to one another, and will ultimately critically evaluate what has and has not been achieved thus far. In the end, students will be able to knowledgably contribute to discourse on the subject by articulating their own ideas and plans.
In December 2015 the world leaders gathered in Paris to negotiate the successor to the Kyoto Protocol. What was the result, and how do we begin to evaluate it? In order to understand the significance of Paris, it is important to understand how climate change is dealt with globally, and what role we can play in the process.
This course is an introduction to the concept of global climate change governance. Students will interact with a broad range of materials, including foundational academic work, commentary in mainstream media, and texts by the actors themselves. Through a series of exercises, including a simulated U.N. climate negotiation, students will learn who the key actors are, how they relate to one another, and will evaluate the progress thus far of the global process of governance. Important questions we will be discussing include: What is the UNFCCC and how might we critically evaluate its achievements to date? Was Paris a success? What role do/should NGOs play? How can individuals participate in and contribute to these global processes?
Upon completion of this course, students will have acquired skills that will enable them to be confident in articulating and defending their own views on these issues. First, students will have a solid grounding in the landscape of global climate governance, understanding who the key players are and what role individuals can play. Second, students will have gained critical analytic skills in textual analysis and evidence gathering. Third, students will have had a chance to practice basic techniques of research paper writing and oral presentation of arguments.
There are no prerequisites for the course.
cli-fi novels and films that explore climate doomsday scenarios -- and utopian scenarios, too. This course will critically examine popular and lesser-known cli-fi works, giving students a relevant medium in which to develop their academic and creative writing skills.
cli-fi story tellers. We will look at work from the early days of the genre to work written last week. We will look at these stories not only out of a love for sci-fi, but also out of an interest in language. We will see how the great stories were crafted and use that knowledge to inform...