This page suggests ways to include climate change perspectives in your degree.
ENVI 312 Interdisciplinary Aspects of Climate Change is the flagship paper for He Kaupapa Hononga. However, across the university, there are many papers which probe climate change and climate change related issues.
Paper information may change, please check the paper information for official details.
Climate change is likely to impact upon every sector of society. It will alter environments and economies, undermine the health and well-being of people and communities, and influence patterns of mobility and settlement. The impacts will be felt nationally and globally, albeit different peoples and cultures will be disproportionately affected. The mitigation of and adaptation to climate change necessitates a re-conceptualisation of ethics, the functions and focus of science and technology, and existing legal and economic paradigms. Thus, the phenomenon of climate change creates ramifications for every academic discipline.
Described by Richard Lazarus as a “wicked problem” (primarily because of its polycentric nature), climate change is difficult to silo into segments within individual disciplines. Rather, it necessitates a truly interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning. Therefore, in the delivery of this paper, the School of Geography is working across three divisions to provide students with the opportunity to study the climate change phenomenon holistically.
Regardless of their chosen discipline and proposed career path, all students at Otago are entitled to access a structured and formal learning programme that will help them to understand the major conceptual paradigms, frameworks and theories that relate to climate change. This is turn will enable students to weave climate change considerations into their chosen academic discipline, to facilitate critical thinking within that discipline, and to ensure that students are properly prepared for life after graduation.
Inter-disciplinary Aspects of Climate Change (ENVI 312) is a 300-level optional paper for the Environment and Society (ENVI) minor but it can be taken by any student as an optional paper towards their degree (subject to departmental approval). It provides an introduction to the scientific basis for, impacts of, and law and policy responses to climate change. The paper tends to be taught in second semester.
Paper information for ENVI 312
Contributors to ENVI 312
Contributors are subject to change, please check the subject paper information for current information:
Paper information for ENVI 312
- Dr Francisco Barraza, School of Geography: Climate change: mitigation/adaptation
- Associate Professor Nicolas Cullen, School of Geography: Climate change: introduction and the physical basis; a wicked problem and people’s values; and indigenous knowledge.
- Professor Lisa Ellis, Department of Philosophy: Ethics and politics of adaptation
- Dr Sebastian Gehricke, Senior Lecturer, Department of Accountancy and Finance: Energy and carbon finance
- Emeritus Professor Frank Griffin, Department of Microbiology and Immunology: Agricultural impacts and resilience
- Professor James Higham, Department of Tourism: Tourism: low carbon transitions
- Dr Daniel Kingston, Senior Lecturer, School of Geography: Climate change and water
- Professor David Lont, Department of Accountancy and Finance: Company valuations and carbon emissions
- Dr Alexandra Macmillan, Senior Lecturer, Dunedin School of Medicine: Climate change and health
- Professor Ceri Warnock, Faculty of Law: Climate change: the law
- Associate Professor Sara Walton, Department of Management: Climate change as a business issue
Below are both papers dedicated to climate change, and papers that include disciplinary perspectives on climate change as a part of the course.
This list is intended to aid students to find further avenues to include climate change perspectives into their degree, whether it be finance, business, anthropology, etc. Please note that each paper will have its own pre-requisites and degree limitations, which can be found on its paper-specific page.
If you know of any further papers that offer climate change perspectives please contact us.
Subject papers dedicated to climate change
Environment and Society
MARI 431 Antarctic and Southern Ocean Science
POLS 307 Nature, Conflict and the State
PHSI 243 Environmental Physics
PUBH 733 Environment and Health
Papers that include a disciplinary perspective on climate change
ACCT 325 Corporate Sustainability Accounting and Reporting
BIOL 123 Plants: How They Shape the World
BTNY 203 Marine and Freshwater Botany
Earth and Ocean Science
EAOS 111 Earth and Ocean Science
Environment and Society
ENVI 311 Understanding Environmental Issues
FINC 420 Energy and Carbon Finance
ENVI 211 Environmental History of New Zealand
GEOG 101 Physical Geography
GEOG 102 Human Geography
GEOG 212 / GEOG 382 Transformations in Developing Countries
GEOG 215 / GEOG 384 Urban Geography
GEOG 216 Resource Evaluation and Planning
GEOG 228 / GEOG 328 Uneven Development in Contemporary India
GEOG 276 / GEOG 376 Geographies of Contestation, Action and Change
GEOG 286 Climatology
GEOG 298 / GEOG 398 Coastal Geomorphology
GEOG 392 Climatology
GEOG 397 Environmental Management
GEOG 401 Theories of Development
GEOG 402 Development Planning and Practice
GEOG 460 Climatology
GEOG 463 Geographies of Justice
GEOG 471 Impact Assessment and Sustainability
Materials Science and Technology
MATS 204 Treasure of Trash: Sustainability of Materials
Pacific Islands Studies
PHIL 235 Environmental Philosophy
PUBH 303 Public and Global Health: Current Issues
ANTH 206 Anthropology of Globalisation
He Kaupapa Hononga encourages and supports postgraduate research into climate change.
- Postgraduate Research opportunities database provides information about research vacancies for postgraduates
- Otago Climate Change Postgraduate Network information provides a means to connect with other postgraduates
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