Teaching at King’s College London (post-2013)

During Academic Year 2016/17 I will only be teaching the postgraduate Module listed below, ‘Climate Change and Culture‘.  In previous years I have convened the following Modules at King’s College London:

Postgraduate: 7SSG5208 – Climate Change and Culture.  This Master’s module offered in the Department of Geography explores the underlying reasons why different people in different cultures assess the evidence for, risks of and responses to, climate change in different ways.  This will be achieved by using a variety of theoretical and empirical arguments drawn from different disciplines to examine the nature of evidence for human modification of climate, how people evaluate this evidence and how/why they act upon it.  The module is designed to allow students to understand the complex relationships that exist – in the context of climate change – between knowledge, cultural beliefs and personal behaviours.

3rd Year Undergraduate: 6SSG3073 – Histories and Geographies of Climate Change.  This final year module offered in the Department of Geography introduces students to the geographical and historical dimensions of climate and climate change.  It explains the different ways in which climate knowledge is constructed and explores how climate is represented and articulated in society.  Existing fears and narratives around climate change are placed in an historical perspective.  It explores existing theories regarding societal vulnerability and resilience to climatic variability and discusses development challenges.  The module also discusses the contribution of the study of climatic adaptation in the past to contemporary challenges.

For AY 2014/15 I will also be convening a Module titled Narratives of Climate Change which is offered in Term 2 as part of the Associate of King’s College (AKC) syllabus.  The ways in which we think, study and talk about climate change – its natural and human causes and its human responsibilities and responses – are heavily shaped by the beliefs, metaphors and models we hold of the world around us. Collectively, these elements contribute to the making of narratives – stories which have coherence, resonance and credibility.  This Module introduces AKC students to a range of different narratives of climate change which are currently influential in the world today. The Module draws upon the disciplines of human geography, environmental history, futures studies and science and technology studies.

I also will contribute to a 3rd Year Undergraduate Module 6SSG3061 Current Research in Geography and to a 2nd Year Undergraduate Module 5SSG2051 Climate Variability, Change and Society.