One of the best ways to get involved with the Duke Climate Commitment is to explore climate and sustainability connections in your coursework. Fortunately, there is no shortage of courses from which to choose!
From graduate engineering seminars to first-year writing courses, there is something for everyone. The climate crisis demands all skill-sets to research, communicate, design, and implement solutions. Whether you want to spend time in the lab building photovoltaics, in the field analyzing organisms affected by rising seas, or in the library writing about environmental policy, there’s an engaging course with climate connections waiting for you.
As you plan and refine your Spring 2023 schedule, download the Climate & Sustainability Course List for inspiration. Head on over to DukeHub for more details on courses and to register.
Below are just a small handful of the courses contained in the list.
Climate Change for Future Leaders
ECS 103, EOS 103
Engineering Sustainable Design and the Global Community: Environmental Focus
CEE 315-60, ENVIRON 365, PUBPOL 211-60
Ethical Dimensions of Environmental Policy
ETHICS 288S, GLTH 248S, PUBPOL262S
North American Environmental History
HISTORY 345, ICS 340, PUBPOL 278
Theory and Practice of Sustainability
ENVIRON 245, SUSTAIN 245
Graduate and Professional
Air Pollution Engineering
Introduction to air pollutants. Upon completion, students will have a knowledge of which air pollutants are of concern, their source, fate, atmospheric transport and transformation and policies developed to help manage the problem. Topics include: air pollutants of importance, air pollution impacts, sources of air pollutants, atmospheric transport (including dispersion and deposition), atmospheric chemistry, aerosol chemistry and physics, control strategy development and air pollution management. Additionally, the course covers indoor air pollution with an emphasis on issues related to airborne viral disease emission, transport, and infection.
Climate Change Economics and Policy
ENVIRON 640, PUBPOL 585
This course explores the economic characteristics of the climate change problem, assesses national and international policy design and implementation issues, and surveys the economic tools necessary to evaluate climate change policies. Discussion-oriented requiring high degree of student participation. Courseobjectives are increased comprehension of economic aspects of climate change and ability to apply tools of economic analysis to climate policy and the responses of firms and households to it. Course designed for graduate and advanced undergraduate students.
Conversations on Decolonization and the Climate Crisis
Decolonization and the Climate Crisis seeks to explore the linkages among three pivotal and simultaneously occurring catastrophes—criminality, displacement, pandemics—toward developing a set of principles regarding decolonization as an ethical approach to climate change. The class in operation with an FHI lab will view climate justice from the point of view of historical faultlines, exploring the socioeconomic and political machinery that produce these projects of disaster in the first place.
EDGE Seminar Series 2
The EDGE Seminar on Energy & Environment gives students a unique opportunity to learn about today’s most important energy and environment industry issues directly from senior business executives. Students have a chance to engage in candid conversations in a small-group setting with influential industry leaders. The seminars are designed to present a variety of energy and environment perspectives and cover topics ranging from global energy market economics and finance, to corporate sustainability, energy system transformation, and clean-tech commercialization and entrepreneurship.
Hope for Creation?: An Exilic Perspective
PREACHING 783, NEWTEST 783, OLDTEST 783