new Summer course on Climate Change

Special Topics: The Geographies of Climate Change (GEOG 495)

Offered Term A, Summer Quarter 2013. Daily, 9:40-11:50. Instructor: Craig ZumBrunnen. SLN 11664

What does science tell us about climate change? How are we to evaluate various degrees of ominousness in differing climate forecast? How is the media reporting the issue? How does climate change play out politically and economically, globally and locally? What can we do about it?

Through readings, lectures, films, class discussions, fieldtrips to alternative energy sites, and interactive class “games and experiential” processes, we’ll explore the science, history, controversies, and forecasts surrounding climate change.

John Houghton’s 4th edition of Global Warming will be used to provide an overall briefing on climate change. To aid us in “understanding the forecast” we will make use David Archer’s Global Warming, 2nd edition. The Global Warming Reader, edited by Bill McKibben, will serve as a guide for a historical, scientific and political perspective on climate change and global warming. Andrew Dessler and Edward Parson’s paperback will serve as a guide to the debate over The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change. Maxwell T. Boykoff’s Who Speaks for the Climate?, will be used to help make sense of media reporting on climate change. Questions of the interactions of oil, water and climate will be explored. Brian Stone, Jr.’s The City and the Coming Climate will serve as an entry to discussions of climate change in the places we live.

The course grade will be based on two take-home essay exams, both providing students with optional choices of questions to address.

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