Climate Justice and Cities

First-Year Discovery Course, limited to first-year undergraduate students only.

Explores how the climate crisis will affect cities in the United States and globally, and what can be done to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Through discussion of the climate crisis, introduces students to major themes in urban studies and planning, including conceptions of urban justice, the role of environmental policy, the effects of the climate crisis on socioeconomic inequality, the contribution of the housing and transportation sectors to greenhouse gas emissions and to resilience, the role of urban design in protecting against rising sea levels, and how the crisis differentially affects cities in the Global North and South. We will discuss just responses to the climate crisis and just energy transitions as well as what individuals and institutions can do. Licensed for academic year 2019-2020 by the Committee on Curricula. Subject can count toward the 9-unit discovery-focused credit limit for first year-students.