Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Climate Solutions Lab

Science, Politics and Climate Change

Boston University

Environmental Studies


Henrik Selin

Undergraduate lecture

Readings from Underrepresented groups


This course focuses on the interplay between science, technology and policy-making from the perspective of science and technology studies (STS), which is an interdisciplinary field that examines the societal context in which science is conducted and the interplay between science and politics in identifying and addressing policy issues. Specifically, the course applies a STS perspective to climate change science and policy. It introduces students to STS and to central scientific and political debates that shape climate change policy. The goal is to understand the larger picture of intertwining relationships between scientific, technical and political systems that shape policy with a focus on climate change mitigation and adaptation.