This module introduces the social dimensions of climate change. It explains the different ways in which climate knowledge is constructed and explores how climate is represented and articulated in society. It explores existing theories regarding societal vulnerability and resilience to climatic variability and discusses development challenges. Existing fears and narratives around climate change are places in an historical perspective. The module also discusses the contribution of the study of climate adaptation in the past to contemporary challenges.
Topics covered in the lectures include:
The idea of climate/Historical narratives of climate
The history of anthropogenic climate change
Climate change - framings and perceptions
Climat change and the media - what does Geography have to contribute?
Modelling and knowledge practices
Climate knowledge and indigenous cultures
Climate change adaptation and the city
Climate development challenges
Adaptation: Learning from the past
Climate change as a travelling idea
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