*Freshman Seminar 44g. Public Policy Approaches to Global Climate Change
After a review of what is currently known about greenhouse gas emissions’ possible impact on climate and of how such knowledge is acquired, the seminar will explore the possible impact of climate change on social and economic conditions over the next century. Participants will investigate possible public policy responses to these developments, including actions both to adapt to and to mitigate climate change. What would be the costs of adaptation? Would an investment in mitigating the changes be worthwhile? The seminar will also address the requirements and possibilities for international cooperation in dealing with the problem of global climate change, the solution to which transcends national boundaries and competence. Throughout, the seminar will emphasize the analysis of complex problems in public policy. Members of the seminar will be exposed to concepts of cost-benefit analysis and considerations of uncertainty in decision-making. The seminar will rely on student research.
Note: Open to Freshmen only.