I convene a 3rd year undergraduate module The human geography of climate change (ENV-3A40), a core contribution to the School’s BSc/MSci in Environmental Geography and Climate Change. For academic year 2012/13 this Module runs during Semester 2 (January to March). The Module syllabus can be viewed here.
Synopsis for ENV-3A40: The Human Geography of Climate Change
The risks and opportunities associated with climate change are perceived very differently within and between societies and cultures. This module explores some of the reasons for these differences in perception, including issues such as cultural cognition of risk, ethics, science controversies and climate contrarianism. The module will also consider how climate change is represented in the media through language, metaphor and image, practices which shape public and policy discourse around climate change. In recent years, the creative arts have represented the idea of climate change through the imagination – in film, fiction and visual form. Some of this work will be introduced and analysed in terms of communication, public engagement and human values. This module therefore adopts cultural, sociological, philosophical and psychological approaches to understanding climate change in society: what can be called ‘the human geography of climate change’.
I also teach on a number of other undergraduate courses, offering lectures on the physical and social history of climate change for YR1 historians and lectures on history of climate science, the IPCC and climate science and policy for YR2 environmental scientists. At post-graduate level I convene a Module ENV-MA75 Narratives of Environmental Change, which is a contribution to the new MA/MSc in Environmental Sciences and Humanities. The Module syllabus can be viewed here.