Climate Change: Science, Impacts, Migration - Not offered in AY 2022-23

Undergraduate Program Status

Mandatory-Elective
Environmental Sciences - Specialization
Course Level: 
Bachelor's
Campus: 
Vienna
Course Open to: 
Students on-site
Term: 
Winter
US Credits: 
2
ECTS Credits: 
4
Course Description: 

Climate change has become an issue fundamentally shaping our societies, politics, economics and, most of all, our future. The course will provide insights into the science of climate change, its impacts and mitigation opportunities. it will explore the role of humans in present climatic changes, compare present climate change to past ones, and examine the possibilities for future climates. Impacts of climate change will be reviewed in an IPCC based risk framing, but impacts on our economies and societies will also be discussed. The course will place a strong focus on climate action and opportunities: the Paris Agreement, climate neutrality, and key mitigation strategies towards deep decabonisation. The course will pay particular attention to climate related issues that are presently contentious in our societies, including climate skepticism, migration, negative emission technologies, and necessary lifestyle changes. The course will involve theories and principles from a wide spectrum of disciplines, including physics, meteorology, engineering, architecture, environmental science, economics, physical, social and political geography, and policy studies.

Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, a student will be able to

  • understand and engage in the various sides of key arguments in the climate debate
  • connect climate change to various disciplines and how these can advance our understanding and climate action planning
Assessment: 

Students will be evaluated by a project presentation and an exam.