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Summer Course on Why is Climate Change Un-believable? Interdisciplinary Approaches to Environmental Action

Stanford University Summer Session
8 weeks
Full time
Summer / Short course
Scholarships available
Online / Distance
Stanford
English
21 June 2021
Application deadline: Priority: 2021-01-09 | Rolling: 2021-06-01

Program description

Summer Course on Why is Climate Change Un-believable? Interdisciplinary Approaches to Environmental Action

The science is there. The evidence is there. Why do people still refuse to recognize one of the greatest threats to human existence? Why can't, why won't they believe the truth? The time to act is slowly evaporating before our eyes. To answer this question requires an interdisciplinary approach that investigates many of the ways global warming has been analyzed, imagined, represented, and evaluated. Thus we welcome students of any major willing to embark on this common project and to participate fully. We will challenge ourselves to move between and amongst texts that are familiar and those we will bring into the conversation. There will be much that we miss, but we hope this course will at least begin a serious conversation in a unique way.

Admission requirements

Domestic and International Students (High School Students)

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • Be a current sophomore, junior, or senior, or a gap year student at the time of application.
  • Be at least 16 at the start of the program, June 19, 2021, and no more than 19 by the last day, August 15, 2021. There are no exceptions to these age restrictions.
  • Not be matriculating into Stanford as freshman.
  • International Students: Be able to verify fluency in the English language, using one of the methods described in the English Language Proficiency below
    • Internet-Based Test of English as a Foreign Language (iBT TOEFL) . International English Language Testing System: Academic (IELTS: Academic). Cambridge Assessment English. Pearson Test of English Academic (PTEA) . SAT (Evidence Based Reading and Writing). ACT (English)

Domestic and International Students (Undergraduate Students)

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • Be at least 17 years of age by the start of the program.
  • Have graduated from high school or secondary school or equivalent.
  • Have successfully completed at least one term of full-time university or post-secondary courses.
  • International Students: Be able to verify fluency in the English language, using one of the methods described in the English Language Proficiency section below
    • Internet-Based Test of English as a Foreign Language (iBT TOEFL) . International English Language Testing System: Academic (IELTS: Academic). Cambridge Assessment English. Pearson Test of English Academic (PTEA) . SAT (Evidence Based Reading and Writing). ACT (English)

Domestic and International Students (Graduate Students)

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age at the start of the program.
  • Have graduated or have completed your requirements from your university or post-secondary institution.
  • International Students: Be able to verify fluency in the English language, using one of the methods described in the English Language Proficiency below
    • Internet-Based Test of English as a Foreign Language (iBT TOEFL) . International English Language Testing System: Academic (IELTS: Academic). Cambridge Assessment English. Pearson Test of English Academic (PTEA) . SAT (Evidence Based Reading and Writing). ACT (English)

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.


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Program content

The course will run on two parallel tracks: on the one hand, we will delve into textual representations and arguments; on the other hand, we will attempt to develop a sensibility for how climate change makes itself manifest in the physical world through a series of workshops and site visits in the Bay Area.

The first track of this course will center on the discussion of three science fiction novels: The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh, The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu, and Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler.

The second track of this course is comprised of a series of workshops that aims to develop spatial and material literacy relevant to climate change awareness. It will engage topics such as: scale, atmosphere, measure, material reciprocity, and garbage repurposing.

One of the primary goals of this course is to not only understand the problem of climate change, but also how to best act upon it. Thus the required final assignment for this class can be a recommendation for action based on a critical review of the topic of climate change and already existing activism. It can take the form of a paper, a video, an installation art project, a podcast, etc...but in all cases your work must analytically engage the specific medium of literary expression.

Tuition fees

The cost of this program is $6,165 US

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