NTRES 2500 - Climate Change Science, Communication, and Action

Fall, Spring. 1 credit. Student option grading.

A. Armstrong, A. Chatrchyan, M. Hoffman, M. Krasny, J. Schuldt.

Students will learn about basic climate change science, impacts, communication strategies, and actions. Students will participate in weekly online discussions, complete weekly quizzes, and submit a final project to apply what they have learned to their life on campus. Students will learn about basics of climate science and climate change impacts on our food and water supply, and human health (weeks 1-2). Students will then learn about climate change communication and environmental psychology research and consider how this can inform everyday communications and related club and residential activities (week 2-3). Finally, students will hear about climate change adaptation and mitigation approaches to action. Each week will feature required discussion responses and short quizzes. For final assignments, students will complete a project plan that details how to apply course material to life on campus.

Outcome 1: Students will be able to describe basic principles of Earth's climate system and climate change.

Outcome 2: Students will be able to examine research underlying climate change communication.

Outcome 3: Students will be able to apply research-based communication principles in daily conversation.

Outcome 4: Students will be able to reflect on climate change action from a multicultural perspective and recognize the climate-related challenges facing and opportunities available to individuals in countries around the world.

Outcome 5: Students will be able to make informed and responsible decisions with regard to actions that might affect the climate.

Outcome 6: Students will apply course material to their lives as Cornell students and global citizens by creating a climate change action plan.

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