CLIM1001 - Introduction to Climate Change

CLIM1001 - Introduction to Climate Change is an online-only course (no face-to-face lectures, tutorials or labs) that provides an introduction to climate change science, the scientific method and peer review, as well as a brief look at climate law, climate psychology, electricity generation and climate impacts. There are no prerequisites, so it suitable for both science and non-science majors.

Session 2, 2017

Study level: Undergraduate

6 units of credit

Hours per week: 3 (online only).

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Who should I contact?

Coordinator: Gabriel Abramowitz or Angela Maharaj

What does this course cover?

  • Climate change psychology; 
  • Scientific method,
  • peer review and the IPCC; 
  • The Earth’s energy budget and the greenhouse effect; 
  • Global circulation patterns - atmosphere and ocean; 
  • Past climates and climate variations; 
  • Climate change law; 
  • Energy systems; 
  • Observations of the climate system and extremes; 
  • Understanding future projections of climate change; 
  • Impacts – ocean acidification and sea level rise; 
  • Ethics of climate change.

Where does this course fit into my degree?

CLIM1001 is a first year course. It is also available as a General Education elective. It has no prerequisites, and so is suitable for anyone at any stage of their degree, science major or not.

Is there anything else I should know?

This course is an online-only offering. There are no field trips associated with this course.

I took this course a while ago, and need proof of what was covered.

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NB: All information provided on this page is superseded by information provided by the course coordinator or lecturer(s).