Climate Change
Climate Change
"Climate change is the greatest threat to our existence in our short history on this planet. Nobody’s going to buy their way out of its effects."
"One thing leads to the other. Deforestation leads to climate change, which leads to ecosystem losses, which negatively impacts our livelihoods - it's a vicious cycle."
“We are the first generation to feel the effect of climate change and the last generation who can do something about it."
“The Earth is in a death spiral. It will take radical action to save us."


This 8-module introductory course on numerous aspects of Climate Change is an attempt to educate youngsters about the basics of this spiralling global problem. This was developed as part of the 2019-20 Global Intersections Program of the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Handout & Syllabus

Course Modules

Module 1

Climate Mitigation, Adaptation & Justice Objective: What is climate change? Causes, effects and impacts of climate change. Theories of justice […]

Module 2

Climate Change, Gender, Stakeholders & Geopolitics (Part I) Objectives: Who matters? Who decides? Who benefits? What are the socio-political and […]

Module 3

 Geopolitics, Gender, Stakeholders and Climate Change(Part II) Objectives: How the geopolitics plays an important role in climate change debate? Some […]

Module 4

Theoretical framework   Objectives: Providing a theoretical framework to understand the different context of social and political factors influencing climate […]

Module 5

Climate (in)justice Objective: If different communities of people are affected by climate change differently, then what are the measures being […]

Module 6

Climate citizens Objective: This section will investigate case studies e.g. people, government, an activist organization participating in climate justice activism. […]

Module 7

Climate Infrastructure Objective: What infrastructure is required to address climate action (e.g. through data, institution, organization). Who can contribute and […]

Module 8

Climate Future(s) Objective: How the vision across different communities (e.g. indigenous, urban, activist government) differs while envisioning climate future(s). 8.1. […]


Global Intersections is a Center for Global Studies initiative designed to encourage multicultural, international, transnational and global perspectives in student research. This initiative invites collaborative proposals from faculty and students across multiple disciplines that promote understanding and aid in solving global problems. These Projects provide opportunities for students to engage directly in the process of developing new research directions in areas of global import.

The Center for Global Studies globalizes the research, teaching, and outreach missions of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a National Resource Center in Global Studies designated by the U.S. Department of Education. One of the globalizing missions of the Center is to promote and support innovative research to better understand global issues confronting the world’s populations and identify ways to cope with and resolve these challenges.


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