- San Francisco, United States; Cochabamba, Bolivia; Hanoi, Viet Nam; Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam; Multi-Country Programs, Multi-Country Programs; Rabat, Morocco
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Fall Semester, Spring Semester
- Program Description:
Explore the social impacts of climate change through the political economy of food, water, and energy in some of the world’s most productive and vulnerable landscapes.
This newly launched study abroad program examines the interconnections between the economics, politics, geography, and science of climate change and its effects on human society. The program takes place in the US, Vietnam, Morocco, and Bolivia.
Students will learn about the varied impacts of climate change — extreme weather, desertification, ocean acidification, melting glaciers, rising sea levels, loss of biodiversity, and dangerous social upheavals — and will be encouraged to think seriously about realistic solutions.
Examine the concepts of adaptation and mitigation. The program focuses on two key concepts that involve physical and technological changes as well as social and political transformations:
•Adaptation. Adaptation refers to how human civilization will adjust to the dramatic environmental changes that are inevitable and already underway.
•Mitigation. Mitigation refers to the steps humans are taking in industry and agriculture to reduce their impact on the environment.
Engage policymakers, scientists, business people, farmers, climate refugees, and others Students will meet with high-level policymakers and powerful business people involved in the food, energy, mining, transportation, and financial sectors. They will also meet with rural and urban working class people struggling to cope, such as farmers, fishermen, and climate refugees. They will examine the basic science of climate systems through regular engagement with scientists and researchers.
Analyze and contrast climate change across the globe. Through the program’s comparative approach, students will track how a single global crisis plays out differently in distinct places and will compare and evaluate economic and policy responses at the local, national, and international scales. The program will assist students in assessing their own cultural assumptions and in understanding people from different cultures.
•How is climate change impacting regions differently? How are people adapting to these changes?
•What are the appropriate roles of government, business, social movements, and individuals in addressing this multifaceted crisis?
•Which technologies and traditional forms of local knowledge can realistically meet humanity’s need for energy in a sustainable way?
•What are the economic interests and institutional arrangements that prevent us from more effectively addressing the climate crisis?
The program takes a holistic, interdisciplinary view of academic topics, drawing not only on articles and faculty lectures, but also student observations, guest lectures, and homestay interviews to facilitate learning. Assignments typically involve written essays, oral presentations, and more creative projects such as posters and photo stories.
A major portion of the curriculum will be based on field trips, interviews, and guest lectures. The field trips and interviews must be structured around the core themes of the curriculum as laid out in the four classes. In addition to classroom time and field trips, students will have time to reflect on and write about their learning and experiences on the program. At the end of the program, students will produce a cumulative project involving data collection and qualitative research undertaken in each of the countries visited.
- Setting Description:
- California: San Francisco
Bay Area, Central Valley, and the California-
Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City, Central Highlands, and Mekong River
Morocco: Based in Rabat with excursions to Casablanca, the Atlas Mountains, and the Sahara
Bolivia: Based in Cochabamba with excursions to La Paz, Lake Titicaca, Potosí, and the salt flats of Salar de Uyuni
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Based on 2 Reviews
- SIT IHP Climate Change05/15/20
Participating in this program was the best decision I’ve made in my college experience. I’m studying Environmental Policy at Duke University, and I had wanted to study abroad since I learned about that option in high school. IHP Climate Change
is an incredible program. We studied some of the most pressing issues the world is facing right now, and heard from people directly affected by them. From guest speakers to site visits, we learned about the struggles and fights of people all around the world, directly from them. We learned the importance of lifting up those voices who are usually suppressed, with readings, discussions, and actually hearing those voices. In many cases we heard both sides of controversial issues. Through class lectures, group discussions, and community building sessions, we became closer as a group and grew as young people in the fight against climate change. This program really taught me perspective. The academics were really interesting, and I learned a lot about climate change, but the main focus was climate justice. We learned that everything is intersectional, and climate change is both a threat and a threat multiplier. This program truly changed the way I look at the issues facing our world today and how to solve them. The program requires a lot from you in terms of actual scheduled programming, but it was the right format to get the most out of the experience. We had a lot of time to learn about the countries we were in, spend time with our homestay families, travel, and get to know each other as a group. We really became close as a group, and I now have a whole new set of friends. I learned more from this semester than any other semester of college. It’s a great balance of fun, analyzing, learning, and growth. I miss it a lot, and I’m super grateful that I had the experience to do something like this.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- An Incredible Program01/16/20
This program is an INCREDIBLE opportunity to study climate justice with people at the frontlines of the climate crisis. I think this program is essential to understanding environmental justice outside of the US. It not only explores the local forces that
lead to environmental inequality but also the larger global forces I think many traditional programs glaze over. This program has heavily influenced my future career and activism interests. SIT/IHP does such a thorough job taking care of its students. I couldn't have asked for a better program.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend