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MA - Intermediate/Advanced

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Meets the following requirements:

  • HS - Human Studies

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In Practicing Climate Politics, students will be active participants in the Paris climate summit - where negotiations at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), are expected to result in a new global treaty to address climate change.

In the course students will learn about the negotiation process leading to the new treaty as well as the substantive content of the treaty. They will learn about the major negotiating blocs and positions they bring to the negotiations and the roles played by non-State actors in contributing to the final outcome. They will also practice climate politics, as members of the youth constituency of the UNFCCC, as members of the student organization Earth in Brackets, and/or as members of the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice.

During the final week of the course, students will collectively debrief on the results of the summit and critically evaluate what the results mean for global, national, and local politics of climate change post-2015. The bulk of the course will be taught during the first four weeks of winter break, with two weeks (first and last) of instruction and debrief at Uppsala University in Sweden and the middle two weeks at the COP itself in Paris, France. There will be weekly preparatory Skype lecture/discussions during the ten weeks of the fall term. Students will be evaluated based on class participation, regular blog posts prior to and during the COP, and a final essay on post-2015 responses to climate change.



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