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Name of academic: Dr. Blanche Verlie
Main course information: As climate change proceeds, we need to think critically about how we are, and should be, responding. This course presents you with an integrated and contextualised approach to climate change responses, with a focus on social, political, cultural and psychological aspects of such responses. Students examine the relationship between climate change adaptation and mitigation and intentional responses such as climate-smart development, resilience thinking, geoengineering and carbon sequestration. Students consider how climate change responses are shaped by cultural, environmental and socio-political contexts. This course will provide a brief introduction to global climate change science, including the role of science inn climate change discourse. It focuses on the conceptual, political and practical challenges presented by the onset of climate change. Students are required to consider how climate change responses are framed differently by different actors; starting with different perceptions about whether the responses need to be incremental or transformational. Given that we are living in ‘the urban age’ students examine the particular challenges facing urban dwellers and urban planners. Students grapple with questions related to ethics, equity, vulnerability and capacity, and the potential for systemic changes such as relocation, and decarbonisation.
Year of publication (last updated max 5 years ago): 2018
Topic: Adaptation, Climate Resilience, Disaster Risk Reduction, Mitigation
Region Examined: Global (more than one region)
Language: English
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Geographical scale: Multiple Scales
Level of Instruction: Undergraduate
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