This course allows the students to attend the negotiations taking place at the at the annual Conference of the Parties (COP) for United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as part of Cornell’s delegation. The course will enable Cornell students to participate in global, engaged learning at the most significant annual meeting of the U.N. on climate change; and make a vital contribution to their academic studies and decisions about future work in international environmental affairs. Teams of students will work with partner organizations representing developing countries, non-governmental organizations, and international organizations to help them prepare for the COP.
Describe the basics of climate change science and the technical, scientific, economic and political challenges and opportunities that solving climate change represents Understand the diverse perspectives from a cultural, political, scientific and economic view of the problem and solutions of climate change to develop intercultural competence
Explain the global climate change negotiations process, and articulate different viewpoints and north/south perspectives on the politically charged topics associated with climate change
Evaluate future developments in light of the complex political and ethical issues behind climate negotiations
Gain skills in personal reflection, partnership development and project work
Develop intercultural competence by working with diverse peers and partners
Develop professional skills working and communicating with international partners