Student Courses

Climate Change and Global Inequality

  • Semester 2

    Jan 15 - May 1, 2020 For Members Register

Course Overview

This course is a GOA Learning Studio. Learning Studios explore interdisciplinary topics through student-driven learning. Led by a teacher who designs the overall structure, these courses ask students to craft their own projects based on their interests and develop strong relationships with classmates through frequent conversation and feedback. Students can expect to learn how to identify relevant local and/or global issues to explore deeply, how to craft their own plans for structuring and exploring the issue, how to test new ideas both in and out of class, and how to be an active part of a community of learners. Learning Studios demand a high level of organizational and interpersonal skills, curiosity, determination, and flexibility.

Nowhere is the face of global inequality more obvious than in climate change, where stories of climate-driven tragedies and the populations hit hardest by these disasters surface in every news cycle. In this course students will interrogate the causes and effects of climate change, and the public policy debates surrounding it. In case studies, we will research global, regional, and local policies and practices along with the choices of decision makers mean to the populations they serve. Who benefits, who suffers, and how might we change this equation? Following the Learning Studio model, in the second half of the course, students will work with their teacher to design their own independent projects, reflecting their individual interests and passions, and collaborate in workshops with classmates to deepen our collective understanding of the complex issues surrounding climate change. Throughout the semester we will build and curate a library of resources and share findings in varied media, engaging as both consumers and activists to bring increasing knowledge to challenge and advocate for sustainable norms. Finally, students will have the opportunity to reach a global audience, by participating in GOA’s Catalyst Conference in the spring 2019, as they present their individual projects to spark change in local communities through well-informed activism.

NCAA-approved course

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