Global Inequalities & Climate Change

Schools of Public Engagement: International Affairs

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Global Inequalities & Climate

Fall 2019

Taught By: Juan Gonzalez

Section: A

CRN: 7628

Credits: 3

The effects of climate change are far reaching, but for sure, they will be felt most harshly by poor people and poor countries. Developing countries are poised to experience some of the worst impacts of climate change, which will be exacerbated by their limited financial and institutional capacities to deal with the displacement and destruction caused by extreme weather events, deforestation and rising sea levels. Poor and vulnerable groups dependent on climate sensitive sectors such as agriculture will be particularly hard hit; indeed, the UN estimates that levels of extreme poverty could rise dramatically by 2030. This course asks several related questions: what are the social, political and economic drivers of climate change historically? How have historically and nationally distinct discourses about the environment shaped contemporary understandings of climate change? In what ways does climate change fundamentally challenge the basic tenets of development and global governance? How can developing countries adapt to climate change and continue to develop sustainably and within planetary carbon limits? What is the role of rich countries which have contributed most to the production of greenhouse gases historically and must bear significant responsibility for the present climate crisis? The course will assess and analyze global policy efforts, and at the same examine particular national and local initiatives in the South that attempt to combat climate change.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: International Affairs (NINT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five 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: 12:51am 9/18/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1107

Date Range: 8/29/2019 - 12/12/2019