ILAS Seminar-E2

Numbering Code U-LAS70 10002 SE50 Year/Term 2021 ・ Second semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type seminar
Target Year Mainly 1st year students Target Student For all majors
Language English Day/Period Thu.5
Instructor name Luce,Hubert (Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course This seminar gives an overview about our knowledge on climate changes and their potential impacts on our environment (meteorology and climate, hydrosphere, biosphere, and so on). Within the frame of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG13: climate action) of the United Nations, possible strategies either to adapt to climate changes or to mitigate them are proposed and discussions will be encouraged. The lecture will be partly based on information from Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports and used in popular scientific works.
Course Goals The students will acquire an in-depth knowledge of the climate change issue and will be able to discuss about it from an enlightened point of view in English. It is subject to individual or in group projects for focusing on a particular aspect tackled during the classes.
Schedule and Contents Lecture 1-3
1. Human interaction with the environment and exploitation of the natural resources.
Lecture 4-9
2. Manifestations of the environmental crises
- atmosphere (meteorological evolution and disasters)
- oceans and cryosphere
- biosphere (biodiversity: loss on mammals, birds, insects, …)
- land degradation and pollution
- water issues: quality and quantity
Lecture 10-11
3. The potentially most affected regions
- The Arctic region
- The coastal areas
- The semi-arid regions
Lecture 12-13
4. In depth analysis of the situation and prospective
- The energetic issue
Consumption of fossil energies, and greenhouse gas effects
Energy and global warming: predictions
The possible renewable energies
- Demography and impact on the environment
Lecture 14
5. Solutions for sustainable development? (discussions)
Lecture 15 (feedback class)
Evaluation Methods and Policy Grading will be based on class participation and a final report of individual or group projects.
Course Requirements This seminar does not require prior knowledge on the topic and is mainly based on graphics and documents to interpret.
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Students are encouraged to study lecture materials after each class for assimilating technical words.
Textbooks Textbooks/References Not used. Slide handouts will be distributed.
References, etc. Mainly, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports.