Curriculum Work Group


The WUCCP Curriculum Work Group is dedicated to identifying curriculum gaps and assessing the effectiveness of current climate education. Additionally, the group explores and evaluates opportunities for new climate courses while supporting and advertising current climate course work.  The group seeks to integrate climate curricula throughout the University and maintain an up-to-date database of climate relevant curricular offerings.

Members of the Curriculum Work Group

T.R. Kidder,  Anthropology
Scott Mangan, Biology
Lora Iannotti, Institute for Public Health
Jennifer Smith, Earth and Planetary Sciences
Joseph Steensma, Brown School of Social Work
David Fike, Earth and Planetary Sciences & Environmental Studies

Highlights from Current Climate Change Classes

Earth’s Future: Causes and Consequences of Global Climate Change (I50-101)

Undergraduate coursework in climate change was one of the earliest priorities of the Topics of Conversation and Washington University Climate Change Initiative (WUCCI). With funding through the Office of the Provost's Interdisciplinary Teaching Grant Program, two InCEES researchers, one from Arts & Sciences and the other from the School of Engineering & Applied Science, launched an introductory climate change course for freshman in the spring of 2015.

The team-taught, interdisciplinary course engaged a roster of 24 faculty members from different disciplines as guest lecturers. Students were exposed to different intellectual viewpoints covering a wide range of topics about climate change. The course addresses the physical basis for climate change, how climates are changing, how scientists assess that change and consideration of the effects of climate change on natural and human systems.

COP Preparation Seminar

Imagine a front row seat to the largest ever climate change conference. The three credit COP Preparation Seminar, supported by InCEES, gives Washington University students the opportunity to serve as student delegates to the Conference of the Parties climate negotiations. The course is led by Beth Martin, a senior lecturer in environmental studies.

The class was developed from a student-led initiative. In 2010 the student group Washington University Students for International Collaboration on the Environment (WUSICE) petitioned Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton to allow them to apply to be delegates at the international climate conferences. He agreed and WUSTL sent its first delegation as an official observer institution to COP17 in Durban, South Africa in 2011. COP24 will take place from December 3-14, 2018, in Katowice, Poland.

You can follow the latest WashU COP delegation on their Facebook Page @wustlcop.


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