Climate Change and the Humanities

29.5.2019 - 31.7.2019

Tokyo, Japan
Climate science can tell us what the probable effects of a certain amount of CO₂ in the atmosphere are, but predicting how much CO₂ we are going to emit is outside its scope. That question belongs to the humanities and social sciences instead. Similarly, many other related questions do not belong to climate science, but to the humanities and social sciences – to philosophy, history, literature, psychology, economics, sociology, geography, and so forth. These are the kinds of questions that will be discussed in this course, but to do that well some understanding of the current state of the science of climate change is needed, so that is where the course will start.