The consequences of man-made changes to the climate that are beginning to be experienced now are going to continue having a significant impact on urban areas and populations therein. Understanding, predicting, and mitigating the social effects of climate change is a growing concern for policy-makers, practitioners, and scholars worldwide, engulfing and remaking societal conceptions of sustainability. Who is in charge of envisioning a sustainable future, and what information are they using to make their decisions? Sustainable for who? And who is being excluded from this vision?
This course investigates the global and local changes associated with climate change from the perspective of urban sociology. It examines the ways we can make sense of climate change’s impact on human societies. This course will consider the history and future of urban settlement, with a particular focus on how cities are being remade in the era of climate change.
EXAMPLE CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES (2-4 PER COURSE)
- Museum of London/Docklands
- Beddington Zero Emissions Development (BedZED), Hackbridge – one of the first sustainable development initiatives of its kind providing housing and office space.
- A working farm in London
- Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park
- The Crystal