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Climate Crisis (EN)

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According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, we only have a decade left to prevent irreversible damage from climate change. However, we have known about the climate change problem for more than a century, and the negotiations on climate change have been going on for 30 years. However, these negotiations have not so far been effective enough to change our emissions of greenhouse gases drastically.

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What explains our failure to act? Is it because we do not know how to develop true interdisciplinary insights? Is it because some scientists and the public still doubt that there is a climate change problem? Is it because we do not like the implications of the solutions proposed by science? What are our options to deal with climate change? Should we mitigate or adapt? Or should we geo-engineer the climate? Who should do more – the rich or the poor? How can we act as individuals? Going vegan perhaps? What does economics tell us about the costs of climate policy and the most efficient policy instruments? What does psychology teach us why we fail to act? How does philosophy look at our moral duties towards future generations? What is the politics of international climate negotiations? All these topics will be discussed in the interdisciplinary course Climate Crisis.


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Learning objectives

  • To understand and analyse the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary nature of the climate debate;
  • To be able to see how different disciplines play a role in explaining the problem of climate change and how the problem can be addressed;
  • To be able to assess and analyse the practical and political hurdles to making and implementing effective climate policy; and
  • To be able to reflect on one’s own thoughts and acts in relation to climate change.

Teaching format

  • Interactive Lectures
  • Guest lectures
  • Class discussions
  • Self-study


  • (Online) group assignments during the course
  • Final (online) open book exam at the end of the module

Entry requirements

Open to second and third year bachelor students.

Study material

Articles made available through Canvas.


You can find the timetable on Datanose.

Number of participants



This course is open for UvA students and other interested parties, such as contract students or students from other institutions. You can register from 1 December until a week before the start of the course. 

Registration UvA students (look for code: 5512CLCR6Y).

Registration other interested parties

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Facts & Figures
Mode Short-term, open uva courses
Credits 6 ECTS,
Language of instruction English
Starts in February