Living With Climate Change

Fall 2018
Evening and Weekend
Class Size: 25
Credits per quarter

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Climate change is happening. The lack of action by our public and private sector leaders has created a reality where impending catastrophic effects of climate change now seem unavoidable. What are the consequences of that reality, across global regions and here in the Pacific Northwest? What can we expect to happen as our planet's basic physical and biological systems encounter greater stress and volatility?  In this one quarter program, we pose the question: how can we learn to live with climate change?

We will begin by defining climate carefully, examining the related major Earth systems, and reviewing the geologic evidence for massive climate changes in Earth’s history. We will review the overwhelming scientific evidence that our climate is undergoing rapid, powerful changes and that human activity profoundly affects the atmosphere and the biosphere that depends upon it. We will also consider various scenarios for the future based upon that evidence. Using a “think tank” approach to active learning, students will complete research papers that either pose a specific question about climate change and use peer reviewed academic sources to help find answers, or which focus on local institutions and climate action plans that already exist and argue for specific plans and policies to help weather the changes to come.

Students completing program will be better informed to act as community leaders in the area of climate change preparation and adaptation.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

climate change research and adaptation, social sciences, political ecology, climate change policy


Credits per quarter

Online learning:
  • Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.
Class Standing: Sophomore–Senior
Class Size: 25

Scheduled for: Evening and Weekend

Final schedule and room assignments:

First meeting:

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 6:00 pm
SEM 2 A2105 - Workshop

Advertised schedule:

Mon/Wed 6-9:30pm

Located in: Olympia

May be offered again in:


2018-09-04This program has been cancelled
2018-08-13This program is now Fall quarter only (was FWS) and the description has been updated
2018-03-05Offering is now 8 credits (was 12 credits)