Climate Change: Systemic Crisis/Systemic Change

Schools of Public Engagement: Milano

Non-Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Graduate Course
Degree Students (with Restrictions)
Climate Change
Spring 2024
Taught By: Leonardo Figueroa Helland
Section: A

CRN: 4418

Credits: 3

This course examines climate change as a central component in a web of interconnected global crises associated with the so-called "Anthropocene" epoch (better understood as Androcene, Eurocene, Plantationocene, Capitalocene, etc.). Guided by an intersection of critical frameworks and subaltern knowledges, we will foreground questions of power and resistance, identity and diversity, hegemony and social-ecological transformation as we explore the historical and structural dimensions of climate change as a matter of global (in)justice (i.e., climate (in)justice). In emphasizing the social drivers and political ecologies of climate change, we will highlight how complex and intersecting power relations systemically connect climate change to multiple other crises in fields like energy, economics, food systems, health, demographics (e.g., urbanization, migration), security and governance at global, local and transnational levels. We will draw on diverse critical approaches to global political ecology (e.g., indigenous, decolonizing, peasant and anti-racist perspectives, world-systems ecology, eco-Marxism, intersectional eco-feminism, global South feminist, social ecology, complex systems ecologism, posthumanism, eco-ability, frontline, fenceline and grassroots knowledges, among others) to take a critical look at political and policy responses to climate change by dominant actors such as governments, intergovernmental organizations, corporations and large NGOs in international and national policy spheres. We will also examine the groundswell of alternative paradigms and subaltern movements working locally and globally to resist climate injustice, prefigure just transitions, and address the climate crisis in relation to other crises by advancing “system change, not climate change”. Students will research and assess the work of different actors and organizations in the spheres of climate policy and/or climate justice with the aim to produce collaborative research projects that combine critical insight, systemic analysis, socially transformative creativity, public engagement and the ability to set forth pathways for change.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Milano (MIL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 20

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 3:40am EDT 7/22/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday
Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 510
Date Range: 1/23/2024 - 5/7/2024
Days: Tuesday
Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 517
Date Range: 5/14/2024 - 5/14/2024