History of Climate Change (HSTM33201)
Climate change is one of the most divisive and debated issues of the 21st century. This course considers why and when global warming has come to be perceived, by some, as a major threat for humanity. By looking at the history of earth and environmental studies and the theories associated with climatic changes (greenhouse effect, weather forecasting, ozone studies, ice modelling), this course will introduce you to the ways in which scientific ideas on climate were first conceived. Using a variety of resources including scientists’ writings, newspapers and films, it also provides an understanding of the historical, social and political context in which these studies developed.