GES 481A2/ECON 481A2 – Science and Economics of Climate Change

Semester, Days, Time: 
Spring 2018
Course Description: 

The course considers one of the key challenges for the 21st Century, from both natural and social science perspectives. Starting from Earth’s energy budget, we derive climate sensitivity, and explore climate models and scenarios. We then survey the core insights from economics that must be understood to develop an effective response.  Throughout, we emphasize active learning through exploration with simplified models of climate and the economy, and through the use of in-class experiments in which students play the role of market participants. This course is a result of the Grand Challenges Course (GCC) award. The GCC is taught by two faculty members from two different colleges providing students with a challenging learning experience that offers expertise from two disciplines but focused on one topic.