2013 Inquiry Seminars

Surviving Progress

Ahmed Afzaal

In this course, we explore the global phenomenon of climate change from a wide variety of disciplinary perspectives—including those of the physical sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities. By examining the history of scientific research on the greenhouse effect and global warming, students will gain a deeper insight into the scientific method and the logic of scientific reasoning.

The course will draw upon the work of sociologists, psychologists, ethicists, climatologists, political scientists, and economists to examine the various dimensions of climate change, the scope and intensity of the threat it poses to human civilization as well as to the entire biosphere, and the serious difficulties involved in addressing it. In the spirit of responsible engagement with the world, students will explore a broad range of practical strategies for both mitigation and adaptation. OC