This introductory course will give
students an integrated overview of the science of climate
change and an analysis of the implications of this change
for patterns of daily life in their own circumstance and around
Humankind is facing an unprecedented environmental crisis
of global proportions. Scientists from across the world have
issued stark warnings about the potential disruption and destabilization
that changes in Earth’s climate will most likely cause
in the near future for the life systems upon which modern
civilization depends. The social and political implications
of climate change have begun to become apparent as local communities
in widely different parts of the world struggle to adapt to
new patterns of excessive rainfall, prolonged droughts and
severe weather events. Internationally, nation states have
endeavored to forge diplomatic agreements to help humankind
cope with both the causes and consequences of global climate
This course has three principal objectives. First,
it will introduce students to the science of climate change,
drawing attention to the latest research and evolving pattern
of scientific data that has emerged on climate in recent years.
Second, emphasis will be given to analyzing the social changes
and adaptations that human communities have already made and
those they will most likely to have to make as the Earth’s
climate continues to change in the coming years. Finally,
specific attention will be given to the diplomatic efforts
that have been launched since the creation of the Framework
Convention on Climate Change (FCCC) during the first world-wide
Earth Summit on the environment in Rio de Janeiro in June
Click on and install to your Google Earth. Then click on the
CII-Classrooms and Offices. We will discuss the way in which we will be using Google Earth as a means of sharing our climate research together and VoiceThread presentations together.
Assignment 2: Create a new entry in an account you establish in VoiceThread. The slide should have the topic or title of your "Practicum" project. Save the URL of the "thread" and place it in a Word Document which you at then to save and "upload" to your personal "Dropbox" which is shared with Prof. Weiskel.
should be completed by the end of class on Thursday, 6 June.
Assignment 4: For Friday, 14 June, please submit the "TITLE" of your paper topic (in the form of a preliminary Title Page) to your "dropbox." Please remember to use the dropbox that I "invited" you to join. Bring that title to class as well.