CCPC 504 - Climate Change Policy Field School
The Post-Degree Certificate in Climate Change Policy field school is a three-credit, ten-day practical experience designed to demonstrate the effects of climate change on the northern physical and biological ecosystem as well as effects on infrastructure and communities, including indigenous culture and traditions. Students will explore examples of permafrost thaw, glacial retreat and shifting biomes and discuss immediate policy issues with communities, governments and relevant organizations that hold public and private interests.
As such, there will be various field excursions to show students the possible spectrum of climate change effects on the environment as well as their impact on infrastructure, communities and traditional living. Students will benefit from the presence of professionals sharing their experiences during the site visits. Additionally, students will visit communities and have face-to-face meetings with representatives from indigenous and territorial governments. These meetings will emphasize the relationships between local and regional environments and their natural resources and hazards through a climate change policy perspective. Community well-being and sense of place as well as other socio-economic factors will also be explored.
Prerequisites: Students must have completed CCPC 500, CCPC 501, CCPC 502 and CCPC 503 to be eligible to enroll in the field school, or obtain permission from the School of Liberal Arts to attend this course.