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Course Description

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This course will provide students with an overview of recent research into what climate change means for Canada and Canadians. Students will learn about evidence for significant changes to the Boreal forests and about the potential impacts of climate change on human health through increasing heat waves and the heat stress on individuals. The course is intended to bridge the gap between abstract discussion of the climate and understand what these changes mean at both personal and societal levels.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Explain how interactions among atmosphere, ocean, land, and life lead to climate changes;
  2. Describe the direct observations of climate change in recent decades, and articulate the evidence attributing global warming in this time period to human causes;
  3. Evaluate your own contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change;
  4. Assess the utility - and limits - of climate models to predict global and regional climate change;
  5. Analyze the assumptions and evaluate the worth of the evidence regarding impacts of climate change in Canada;
  6. Engage critically and in a scholarly manner, in public arguments about climate change issues;
  7. Evaluate the opportunities for adaptation globally and more specifically in Canada; and
  8. Discuss proposed mitigation strategies.

Course Topics

  • Weather and climate
  • Let's talk about science
  • Evidence of climate change
  • Climate projections
  • Impacts of climate change on oceans
  • Impacts of climate change
  • Adaptation and mitigation

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): Minimum of 4.00 credits
Restriction(s): May not be taken by students in the BAS, BBRM, BSC, BSC(Agr) or BSC(Env) programs


Assessment Item Weight
Unit Quizzes 10%
Graded Group Discussions 10%
Climate Change Report: Data Manipulation 15%
Final Climate Change Report 25%
On Campus Final Exam 40%
Total 100%

*Course details are subject to change.


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