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Governing Climate Change: Theory and Practice Interdisciplinary Studies Program Summer 2023 Early July 2-Week - Amsterdam

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Governing Climate Change: Theory and Practice

Governing Climate Change: Theory and Practice Course Overview


CEA Partner Institution: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Primary Subject Area: Env. Sciences
Instruction in: English
Course Details: Level 300
Recommended Semester Credits: 4
Contact Hours: 60


Climate change may well be the most pressing environmental challenge humankind is facing. Despite scientific consensus on its main cause - us humans - current policies lack the ambition needed to tackle the crisis effectively. However, sprouts of positive change are seen everywhere. Some countries have decided to cut their emissions to zero over the next 30 years. We also see cities, companies, NGOs and powerful individuals responding to the challenge, collaborating in new and innovative ways to reduce emissions and adapt to the consequences of climate change. A complex global web of institutions, instruments and actors is being created seeking to govern climate change. In this course you will learn about different perspectives and acquire tools for analyzing the increasingly complex world of climate governance.

In this course you will examine different approaches to coping with climate change. From international agreements to market-based solutions and private activities. Theory is combined with practice through lectures, discussions, games and excursions to provide concrete examples of how the issue is being addressed at various levels and by various actors. Along the way we will also invite you to discuss climate change with scientists, policymakers and lobbyists.

Governing Climate Change is embedded in the teaching and research work of the Department for Environmental Policy Analysis (EPA), which is part of VU Amsterdam?s world-renowned Institute for Environmental Studies.

At Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), credits are awarded based on the ECTS system (2 ECTS credits equals 1 U.S. credit therefore, 6 ECTS credits is equivalent to 3 U.S. credits). Summer courses at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) meet for a minimum of 45 U.S. contact hours and are awarded at 3 U.S. credits.

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