19 July 2019
Extreme Futures: Capitalism, Crisis and Climate
This course provides a critical introduction to understanding the politics of climate change. It presents a critical perspective on the relationship between the environment and development, nature, society and the Anthropocene, and focuses on the dynamics of socio-environmental change, giving attention to its material and economic, political and organisational as well as cultural and ideological dimensions.
A theoretical consideration of the history, politics and economics of climate change is the foundation of the course, followed by an interrogation of the diplomacy of climate change negotiations, including the Paris Agreement and the IPCC reports, feminist approaches to the environment and ecosocialism. Finally, the course examines contemporary questions to do with technology and the climate, racism and climate denial, and the potential of the movements to force governmental action on climate change.
Students will also have the opportunity to discuss and analyse relevant films that examine case studies from the Global South. They will conduct field research by participating in a climate protest or demonstration in London and undertake a short practical exercise, either a photo essay or short video of the protest, which they will present to their classmates in the final tutorials.
Dr. Zoe Goodman
You will have completed one year of undergraduate study at the time of joining the Academic Summer School. Professional experience can be acknowledged as equivalent to a university qualification.
On successful completion of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:
-A critical understanding of the key theoretical debates on the environment, political ecology and climate change, including an understanding of the debate over the Anthropocene.
-An understanding of the nature and history of the carbon economy.
-An understanding of the relationship between climate movements, the state, carbon industries and corporations, and mechanisms for sustainable transitions, and applying this understanding to country case studies.
-A capacity to identify, understand and critique the agreements and policies of the institutions and governments involved in climate negotiations at a global level.
Students are usually able to obtain credits from their home institution and typically our courses receive 3 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system. If you intend to claim credits from your home institution, please check the requirements with them before you enrol. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can, however please be aware that the decision to award credits rests with your home institution.
GBP 1600: There is a 10% early bird discount for applications received by 31st March 2019
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