EAS 5443

EAS 5443

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2019-2020.

This Engaged Cornell course will introduce students to climate change science and policy, with a focus on how science factors into the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and how negotiations take place at the annual Conference of the Parties (COP). The course will enable Cornell students to participate in global, engaged learning at the most significant annual meeting of the U.N. on climate change; and make a vital contribution to their academic studies and decisions about future work in international environmental affairs. Students will critically analyze contemporary climate change science and global environmental policy-making; develop and address pertinent research questions; engage with experts in the field and help them with policy-relevant research; and develop experience with communications and social media. The course will involve lectures, discussions, readings, and group projects. Teams of students will work with partner organizations representing developing countries, non-governmental organizations, and international organizations to help them prepare for the COP. This innovative, cross-disciplinary course will provide a career-changing opportunity to students to engage in the global policy-making process to address a difficult environmental problem.

When Offered Fall.

Course Attribute (CU-CEL, CU-ITL, CU-SBY)

Comments Students enrolled in DSOC 5443/EAS 5443 will be required to complete an additional paper. Pending availability, some students may have the opportunity to attend the Conference of Parties (COP).

  • Students will develop substantive knowledge to: describe the basics of climate change science and the technical, scientific, economic and political challenges and opportunities that solving climate change represents; understand the diverse perspectives from a cultural, political, scientific and economic view of the problem and solutions of climate change to develop intercultural competence; explain the global climate change negotiations process, and articulate different viewpoints and north/south perspectives on the politically charged topics associated with climate change; evaluate future developments in light of the complex political and ethical issues behind climate negotiations.
  • Students will gain skills to: improve personal reflection; develop partnerships; work on projects.
  • Students will also develop technical skills to: communicate about climate change to/with different audiences; develop intercultural competence by working with diverse peers and partners; develop professional skills working and communicating with international partners.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: CRP 3850CRP 5850DSOC 4443DSOC 5443EAS 4443

  • 4 Credits GradeNoAud

  • 18944 EAS 5443   LEC 001

  • 18945 EAS 5443   DIS 201