Course Descriptions

16:450:605:01 Climate and Society

This graduate seminar will explore current theory and research on societal impacts and responses to climate change. Major topic areas will include framing the issue of climate change, climate change impacts, vulnerabilities and resilience, adaptation planning and policy options, and transformation. While course readings will draw from a broad set of social science literatures, the course will emphasize socio-spatial dimensions of these issues, focusing on how processes of climate change and efforts to address these processes play out at local and regional levels. The course will be of interest to students who are new to this area of study and to those who are already engaged in research on the human dimensions of climate change. The course will follow a seminar format with emphasis on readings and discussion of assigned materials. Students will also complete a term paper on a topic related to climate change and society. Taught by Dr. Robin Leichenko