Curriculum: Modules

The modules below, which include lesson plans for K-12 teachers, annotated summaries of major issues, and a range of interdisciplinary approaches to climate-related topics, are designed to facilitate teaching and learning about climate change. Although they were developed by CCI faculty for integration into college courses, the modules can be adapted to advance climate literacy in a variety of settings such as adult education and community education programs.   

The importance of climate change and sustainability will only grow during our students’ lifetimes, as will the need for climate-literate citizens and professionals of all types. We have developed an interactive and engaging simulation that has been shown to deliver significant gains in students’ knowledge, motivation, and desire to learn more in this area: the World Climate simulation. World Climate is an active learning experience in which students take on the roles of negotiators and are challenged to create a sustainable global future.

Anti-science button

Some of the greatest obstacles to the implementation of sensible policies to address climate change have arisen from a comprehensive campaign to undermine public confidence in scientific research.

Climate Change PSA

Students research a climate change topic of their choice and create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) that communicates their understanding of the science, raises awareness about the causes and consequences of climate change and motivates people to take action in their communities, families and their own lives.

End of the Age of Oil

As rising seas and extreme weather make climate change an increasingly inescapable aspect of daily life, economists and social theorists have begun to rethink widely shared beliefs about the free market system.

Thoreau & Climate Change

Long celebrated as a founding figure in the environmental movement, Henry David Thoreau has come to play a major role in the effort to deal with climate change.

Fast Food, Hot Planet

With an eye on climate change and sustainability, Fast Food, Hot Planet: Sociological Approaches to Climate Change, Food Justice, and Community maps the social and historical dimensions of the crises arising from inequalities of food production and distribution.

Systems Thinking

Many of the most important concepts underlying both the science of climate change and our responses to it can be understood using systems thinking concepts. ‘Systems thinking’ approaches take a holistic, long-term perspective that focuses on relationships between interacting parts, and how those relationships generate behavior over time.