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Introduction to Global Climate Change Engineering Program Summer 2023 June 6-Week 2 Courses - Paris

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Introduction to Global Climate Change

Introduction to Global Climate Change Course Overview


CEA Partner Institution: CEA Paris Center
Location: Paris, France
Primary Subject Area: Env. Sciences
Instruction in: English
Course Code: ENV320CDG
Course Details: Level 300
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 45
Prerequisites: Prior to enrollment, this course requires you to have a sound interest in this transverse topic. A specific background is not required in Environmental Sciences. The course will cover topics related to science, engineering, economics, as well as political and social sciences. You are thus expected to show the intellectual flexibility required.


This course provides an overarching introduction to the causes and consequences of Earth's recent anthropogenic climate change and its intersection with environmental, social, economic, and geopolitical issues.

When looking at possible human responses to this anthropogenic climate change, the key variables in modeling different scenarios for Earth's future climate are demographics, choice of energy resources, land use, and politico-economic decisions. For each scenario, this course will illustrate the consequences of climate change with a specific focus on these global issues.

Class sessions will examine foundational physical processes that determine the Earth's climate and demonstrate how former civilizations, flora, and fauna adapted to previous non-anthropogenic changes in climate. Further investigation will examine the connections between the industrial revolution, demographic evolution, and rising living standards, powered by the ever-increasing use of fossil fuels. Further, students will synthesize the link between climate change and other environmental challenges - such as access to water, preservation of biodiversity, plastics, and carbon emissions. Students will also analyze empirical observations on trends in Earth's rising average temperature; debate about climate change-related topics including their social impact and challenges of communication; and investigate current and potential climate policies, initiatives, and international political responses.

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