Course Outline 2016-17

Course Outline 2016-17 - CARLETON UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF...

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1 CARLETON UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY & ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES ENST/GEOG 2500A, FALL 2016 CLIMATE CHANGE : SOCIAL SCIENCE PERSPECTIVES Instructor : Dr. Jamie Brownlee Classroom : TB 342 Class Time : Friday 11:35am-2:25pm Office : Loeb B340 Office Hours : 2:30-3:30pm Friday (or by appointment) Email : [email protected] Phone Number : 613-234-7833 (home) Pre-requisites : GEOG 1020 or ENST 1020, or second-year standing C OURSE D ESCRIPTION : There is an overwhelming consensus among climate scientists and others that climate change poses a serious – and potentially grave – threat to human beings, ecosystems and other species. This course will use a social science perspective to look at the issue of global climate change, including its history, root causes and consequences. Throughout the course, we will discuss how the climate crisis is integrally related to global capitalism, systems of power and inequality, and the structure of the modern corporation. We will consider the specific role of social processes and institutions – such as politics and governments, capital accumulation, economic growth, globalization, the fossil fuel industry, consumer culture, the mass media, and the advertising and public relations industries – in shaping climate change debates and contributing to the crisis. We will also examine the efficacy of different responses and solutions to the problems associated with climate change, ranging from market reforms and ‘green capitalism’ to more radical social and economic transformations. C OURSE O BJECTIVES : Because this is a social science course, students will be encouraged to think critically about how social, economic and political arrangements underlie global climate change. How and why are dominant social institutions at the root of climate change and our current responses to it? What are the connections between social and economic inequality and the policy-making process? How do systems of power, culture and ideology impact and accelerate the climate change threat? More generally, this course will challenge students to identify and interrogate their beliefs and assumptions about the social and political world, and to identify opportunities for engagement with these issues beyond the boundaries of the classroom.
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2 C OURSE T EXT AND R EADING M ATERIALS Klein, Naomi. 2014. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate . Toronto: Knopf. This book is available at Octopus Books, which is located at 116 Third Avenue. Please note that all other assigned readings will be available through cuLearn. C OURSE R EQUIREMENTS AND E VALUATION 1. C RITICAL R EACTION P APER , D UE O CTOBER 7 TH 15% This assignment involves writing a critical reaction paper responding to all of the readings from one week of classes between weeks 2 and 5 (i.e., choose one of the weeks from week 2 to week 5). The paper should be approximately 5 double-spaced pages; the only sources you should use are those assigned for the week. In the paper, briefly summarize the main arguments and themes of each of the readings for that week, and
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