Summer 2023 - GEOG 104 OL01
Climate Change, Water, and Society (3)
Class Number: 1376
Delivery Method: Online
An examination of climate change, its interaction with water availability, and how humans cope with these altered circumstances. Students who have completed GEOG 102 prior to the fall 2011 term may not complete this course for further credit. Breadth-Social Sci/Science.
This is an INTERSESSION course. Because the course is completed in a condensed 6-week period, you should expect your weekly workload to be twice as much as in a regular term.
This course examines the causes of climate change, considers the impacts on natural and human systems, and explores options to mitigate and/or adapt to changing climatic conditions. We will also discuss the governance of climate change, and investigate why this issue is still a highly controversial topic in politics and the media, despite overwhelming scientific consensus that Earth’s climate system is warming.
The course is delivered online.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
- Explain the complexity of the climate system and identify linkages between its components, including stocks, flows, and feedback processes
- Think critically about the science behind natural and human disruptions to the climate system, and the socio-economic drivers of anthropogenic climate change.
- Explore the impacts of climate change on natural and human systems
- Examine human responses to climate change, including adaptation, mitigation, environmental justice, and governance.
- Differentiate between evidence-based claims and pseudo-science, and debunk common misconceptions about climate change.
- Practice diverse modes of communication of climate change causes, impacts, and solutions, demonstrating awareness of audience.
- Learning check-ins 6%
- Knowledge applications 18%
- Knowledge tests (x2) 24%
- Poster project 22%
- Final Exam 30%
Grading Scale (subject to change)
Understanding Climate Change: Science, Policy, and Practice, Second Edition
Author: Sarah Burch and Sarah E. Harris
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
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ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS
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