2012-13 Catalog

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Offering Description

Global Meltdowns: Finance, Energy and Climate Change


Fall 2012 and Winter 2013 quarters

Laurance Geri public administration , Peter Dorman economics, political economy, statistics
Fields of Study
ecology, economics, environmental studies, government, international studies, law and public policy, political economy, political science and sustainability studies
Preparatory for studies or careers in
economics, finance, policy analysis, the energy sector, and climate science.

In this program we will explore the interconnections between global finance, energy systems, and climate change.  We will seek to understand the causes of the 2008 financial collapse, the complexity of energy systems and their relationship to changes in the climate, and the range of actions that would stabilize the national and global economies and reduce the risks associated with a warmer planet.

The program will include an introduction to micro and macro economics, the study of energy systems, and the science of climate change.  We will consider how international organizations influence national and global policies in the financial, energy and environmental spheres. Using these frameworks we will study the linkages between these phenomena and the actions we can take to speed the global energy transition and create a more stable and just international system.

Program activities will include lectures, workshops, guest speakers, seminars on books and papers, films and possibly field trips.   Credit may be awarded in micro and macro economics, international political economy, energy policy, and energy and climate change. 

Online Learning
Enhanced Online Learning
Greener Store
Offered During

Program Revisions

Date Revision
August 1st, 2012 This program is now offered to students at all class levels (Freshmen through Seniors).
April 17th, 2012 This program is now lower-division, offered to freshmen and sophomores.
March 7th, 2012 New offering added.