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Introduction to the Human Dimensions of Climate Change

Code: TCA210
Apply this course towards: Climate Action Planning

Course description

This course examines a range of understandings of and approaches to addressing climate change. It explores what kind of problems climate change poses; what toolkits are needed to develop and engage it effectively; how to collaborate across diverse priorities in relation to it; and what scales and kinds of actions should be prioritized.

Learning objectives

  1. Critically assess arguments and evidence about the scope and kinds of transformations needed to respond to climate change, drawing out their implications for climate action; 
  2. Integrate the importance of location, history and culture into analyses of and responses to climate change, with particular attention to Indigenous peoples’ unique situations, priorities and perspectives; 
  3. Explain the contributions of diverse forms of knowledge and expertise and the importance of collaboration in building strategies to engage climate change; 
  4. Describe at least four different ways of understanding the problem of climate change, and explain the implications of these differences for advancing effective action to respond to climate change; 
  5. Demonstrate attentiveness to audience needs, perspectives, and experiences in communicating about and mobilizing action to address climate change.


Online Asynchronous delivery style over a 14-week period, requiring approximately 10 hours of coursework per week. This course will be offered in September 2023 and January 2024.

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Continuing Studies statement on use of educational technology

This course will require the use of Zoom and may use other education technology such as internet-based applications, cloud services, or social media. In order to complete this course you will be required to either consent to the disclosure of your personal information outside of Canada to enable use of these technologies, or work with the Division of Continuing Studies to explore other privacy protective options (such as using an alias or nickname).