The course gives an overview of all key topics related to climate change from the scientific foundations, impacts, main adaptation strategies as well as mitigation. The course is mostly based on the most recent reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Sixth Assessment Report, all three volumes, as well as the Special Reports on Global warming of 1.5 Degrees; on Land as well as Oceans and the Cryosphere), and reviews the main findings from these. The course consists of lectures, student presentations and debates, critical assessment of related films, and readings.
- Familiarity with the key concepts and debates related to climate change that is rooted in the latest science
- Understanding of the interconnections between different drivers and impacts of and solutions to climate change that are discussed in other courses
- Understanding the severity of the risks to the long-term future of civilization
- Understanding the key strategies to mitigating climate change
- Critical thinking and constructive debating skills on scientifically controversial topics
Class participation 20%
Class presentation and contribution to class debates 40%