College of Arts and Science
Explores the role of physical science, environmental politics and public policy in shaping contemporary debate concerning climate change, mitigation, and adaptation strategies. Examines the scientific rationale and statistical basis underwriting the concept of climate change, why aspects of the science remain controversial, the prospects of institutional action and the difficulties inherent in developing public policies targeting mitigation and adaptation. Course includes a role-playing simulation where students will play roles based on 2009 climate negations in Copenhagen, Denmark. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: Freshman and sophomores only.