Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Climate Solutions Lab

Politics of Climate Change

Brown University

Political Science

Fall 2022

Prof. Jeff Colgan

Undergraduate lecture

Documentary Video / Films,Readings from Underrepresented groups

Climate change is arguably the most important global challenge in the 21 st century. It will reshape weather patterns, storms, sea levels, and agricultural output worldwide, mostly for the worse. Mitigating climate change will require massive economic transformations, affecting energy, transportation, and industrial sectors. What are the politics of that transformation? What are the political forces obstructing it? How can do social movements, institutions, and economic interests interact to shape the national and global response to climate change? This course offers answers and insights, primarily from the perspective of political science, considering climate change from multiple perspectives—not just the mainstream ones. Assignments include a final paper (with two interim papers) and two in-class tests. Students are also expected to keep up to date with current events related to climate change and be an active voice in class discussions.