Climate and Society (ENVST-UA 470)

This is an intermediate Environmental Studies elective about how societies understand and respond to climate change. We will analyze the values, assumptions, and perceptions that contribute to our understanding of climate change. The main topics are ethics, justice, and responsibility; definitions of nature; cost-benefit analysis and the precautionary principle; geo-engineering; contrarianism; framing and communication; social engagement; and education. Central questions include: Is climate change a technical or social problem? What makes climate change uniquely challenging to understand and respond to? Which ethical and perceptual frameworks are best suited for both understanding and responding to climate change? Who is responsible, and what moral implications does this have? What assumptions about values, behavior, economics, and nature do we make when discussing climate change? How does climate change challenge our conceptions of nature, morality, society, and economics? Does climate change pose a special challenge to society, or does it simply amplify existing challenges?

Environmental Studies (Undergraduate)
4 credits – 15 Weeks

Sections (Fall 2021)

ENVST-UA 470-000 (10047)
09/02/2021 – 12/14/2021 Mon
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM (Late afternoon)
at Washington Square
Instructed by Schlottmann, Christopher