Curriculum: Courses

These are the climate-related courses currently offered by CCI faculty in a wide array of disciplines.  We will be adding additional courses as our program grows so please check back soon to see what's new.

This course offers students an overview of the practical and theoretical foundations of managing, planning, and leadership within public and community-serving organizations. Topics and issues explored through the course include the role of professional managers within the public sector, the process of executive decision-making, employee incentives and motivation, conflict management, performance measurement, ethical challenges faced by managers, workplace diversity, strategic planning, and power dynamics.

What does it mean to study history from an environmental perspective? How do we understand the evolving relationship between human and non-human nature? Recent scholarship about the history of the environment in the Middle East and North Africa poses innovative answers to these questions. bringing the environment into the historical picture enables alternative perspectives on colonialism, nationalism, capitalism, gender and sexuality, empire, race, and class. What are some of the benefits of these interpretations? Are there also drawbacks?

Less than 200 years old, photography seems to span millennia. With 1839 as the invention's launch date, there is no photograph of George Washington, but very soon we are flooded with the faces of composers, painters, and presidents: we know and are reminded of the ravages of civil and world wars, industrial progress and social injustice, or the beauty of pristine landscapes and their ecological demise.

When we bear witness, it’ act of conscience & consciousness [with] consequence.
...Unless we grieve what we’re losing, unless we honor the beauty, we don’t find our way through to that place of action.”  Terry Tempest Williams

Presents environmental and organismal structural interrelationships and relates these to the chemical evolutionary basis of life. Suitable as a Natural Science Elective for a degree in the Division of Sciences.

Link to undergraduate course catalog: Life.1010 Life Science I

Housing is fundamental to the quality of life in communities, and housing policies shape the availability of this fundamental good. This course will examine the economic, environmental, social, and cultural factors that shape housing and its sustainability.

Climate Change Education

The course is designed to help teachers from all levels improve their ability to foster student learning about the earth's changing climate. The course addresses the scientific, sociological, and pedagogical dimensions associated with climate change science. How to incorporate climate change into existing curriculum across disciplines is considered.

Link to Graduate Course Catalog: ENVI.5850 Climate Change in the Classroom

Biology of Global Change

Examination of the role of life processes in controlling the cycling of elements on the surface of the Earth and atmosphere from the molecular to the global level. Students will learn how the different physical components of Earth interact, how these interactions are influenced by life, and how they affect Earth's habitability now and in the future.

climate modeling

Climate change offers one of the greatest challenges yet faced by society. The scientific consensus is clear that climate change is occurring, its pace is accelerating, its impacts on human society will be largely negative, and it is largely caused by anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions.

Thoreau in Our Time

This course traces Henry David Thoreau's influence on major social and political transformations in the U.S. from the abolitionist movement to the age of climate change.