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Advanced Topics in Climate Change Policy

Barcelona, Spain
2nd term
Health Policy and Management
2 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Thu 11/14/2019 - Fri 11/15/2019
Class Times:
  • Th F,  8:30am - 6:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor :
  • Mary Catherine Sheehan
Judith Holzer

Focuses on advanced issues at the forefront of climate change and public health policy and practice. Takes a complex-systems view that traverses the boundaries between sectors, spans government levels, and integrates perspectives across public and private actors. Topics to be determined each year according to faculty interest and student need. Uses case studies, policy analysis readings, and discussions to foster student learning.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify both traditional and unexpected climate impacts on populations, and understand their prioritization based on adaptive, iterative risk and vulnerability assessment tools
  2. Recognize approaches for incremental vs transformational adaptation, including understanding dynamic adaptive capacity and short vs longer term planning horizons
  3. Recognize co-benefits to health from climate mitigation actions, and understand approaches to evaluating trade-offs and synergies among mitigation and adaptation policies
  4. Critique climate change-related communication strategies
  5. Apply strategies for proactive cross-disciplinary collaboration, and develop and link climate and health monitoring indicators to both local and global interventions
Methods of Assessment:

class participation (20%), paper outline (20%) and final written paper (60%)

Enrollment Restriction:

interdivisional and undergraduate registration is not permitted for this section.

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Full-time degree-seeking students must obtain permission from Judy Holzer or Pam Davis prior to registering for this course.

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

This course will be offered for 2 days in Barcelona. Students must physically be in Barcelona to participate. Students are required to complete readings prior to the start of class. Final outline due Dec 6, 2019. Final paper due Dec 20, 2019