Climate change: a brief introduction
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HS233
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
This introductory course brings you up speed on the history and basics of climate change and how humankind has responded until now.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
The first session will explore the climate changes most climate scientists agree have been and are taking place and associated amplifying dynamics; i.e. emission dynamics and effects, shifting weather patterns, resource degradation and depletion, changes in ecosystems etc.
The second session will focus on, and discuss, how these climate changes manifest themselves in global challenges, which are mostly impacting the Global South as of now, and humanity’s responses to these against the backdrop of global politics.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
At the end of the course, you will
- be more knowledgeable about the history and basics of climate change
- understand how humanity is dealing with this global challenge in a broad sense
- be able to qualify your perspectives in discussions on these matters.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is introductory and does not require previous studies on the topic. However, curiosity and a willingness to discuss will help both your learning and class discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Combining lecture and seminar elements, the course does not require work outside class. However, you might find it useful to explore the media landscape in relation to climate change both before and between the two sessions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need an electronic device such as a laptop or tablet with an internet connection, microphone and speakers and, if you like, a camera. A notebook might also be handy.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may be interested in City Lit Theatre Company's runs Mike Bartlett's play: "Earthquakes in London", which will run alongside this course.
Other courses you may be interested in are:
HS228 Introducing plants
HS246 Bird identification by sight and sound
HPC45 More current affairs
HPC48 Global issues
HPC97 China's development aid in Africa, Central Asia and South Asia: aid or political strategy?
Martin Ottovay Jorgensen is a historian by education (BA, MA and PhD in Denmark and Belgium). Overall, his research focuses on how forms of international cooperation were new international undertakings but also reflected deeper imperial practices that lingered on long after decolonization in various ways. As a university teacher, he has taught courses on world and global history; imperial and colonial history; the history of international organisations; peace and conflict; global issues and international relations as well as how memory is an active dimension in community-building, society, politics, international relations, conflict as well as corporate branding. Perhaps more importantly, Martin sees the active promotion of robust historical thinking as both a democratic practice of vital importance to the maintenance and continued strengthening of democracy and thus society as a whole. At City Lit, Martin combines these interests with his learner-centric approach that aims to both promote history as a socially relevant way of thinking and give each class and course a horizon beyond itself.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.