UTM190H5: Linking Biodiversity Loss & Climate Change: Connections, Reflections & Overcoming (SSC, HUM)
Special Topics at the Intersection of Social Science and Humanities
This 0.5 credit course can be used to satisfy either your Social Science (SSC) or Humanities (HUM) distribution requirement. This course is offered in the Winter 2024 term (January-April).
This course is an opportunity for students to explore the the twin crisis of climate change and biodiversity loss. Each is a complex social/cultural phenomenon, but the two are linked together—occurring at the same time and a result of the same process (namely, the Anthropocene).
By blending approaches from the social sciences and humanities, this course offers an engaging, interactive, and experiential way to examine crisis and the human response—both in terms of mitigating future impact and adapting to already existing impacts. Indeed, students will come to see climate change and biodiversity as inextricably linked and understand that a response to either must necessitate a response to both.
This course offers students the chance to:
- Engage with nature-based experiences (either through physical space, written word, or oral source material).
- Explore different experiences of climate change and biodiversity loss.
- Reflect and present on these experiences as they develop their own research questions and position themselves as critical thinkers and writers who can help confront and overcome the crisis.
This utmONE Scholars first-year seminar is taught by:
Dr. Andrea Olive, Professor, Geography, Geomatics and Environment & Political Science
How to Apply to UTM190H5: Linking Biodiversity Loss & Climate Change: Connections, Reflections & Overcoming
Students who receive an email invitation are eligible to apply. Invitations are sent on a rolling basis starting in May to early June. In the application form, you will have the opportunity to provide application answers for both your first and second choice of utmONE Scholars seminar. Please be sure to read our FAQ section before applying.