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Advanced Topics in Climate Change Policy

Barcelona, Spain
2nd term
Health Policy and Management
2 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online with Some Asynchronous Online
Mon 11/15/2021 - Tue 11/16/2021
Class Times:
  • M Tu,  8:00am - 12:50pm
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:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Participation
  • 20% Written Assignment(s)
  • 60% Final Paper

Enrollment Restriction:

interdivisional and undergraduate registration is not permitted for this section.

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

all students must obtain permission from Judy Holzer or Pam Davis prior to registering for this course.

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

This course will have pre-recorded and live Zoom sessions, offered in a compressed format as part of the Barcelona Fall Institute