Global Climate Change (MNG246)

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Course goals

Our warming planet is transforming the natural world and our societies, and it is doing so in alarming ways. To understand climate change, we need to acknowledge its many aspects and study it in a holistic, multidisciplinary way. Accordingly, this course aims to address the climate change issue in a collaborative way by bringing together the perspectives of all of ISM’s undergraduate study programmes – communications, management, technology, finance, politics, and economics. We will address several important questions: what is the basic science behind climate change? What are the sources of emissions? What are scientists predicting about the changes in climate? What will the impact be on human well-being and the natural world? How might climate change affect Europe and specifically Lithuania and the Baltic region? Do we have moral obligations to the planet and to future generations? How can we effectively communicate these issues to the public and mobilise climate action? What technologies exist, or might be invented, to slow climate change? Is sustainable development possible? And perhaps most importantly: what can we do, as individuals, as nations, and as corporations?

Course results

  • Understand climate change from several perspectives, including their own field of study, but also from the perspective of each of the other ISM undergraduate study programmes.
  • Demonstrate knowledge about the basic science of climate change and the sources of emissions.
  • Explain how global warming is changing, and is predicted to change, the environment, and in turn, how it will affect human well-being and security.
  • Understand these changes not only on a global level, but also in the Baltic region.
  • Describe the psychological, technological, economic and political obstacles to addressing climate change.
  • Weigh the advantages and disadvantages of solutions to global warming.
  • Describe how one’s unique talents and skills, in collaboration with others, and in business settings, could effectively contribute to addressing climate change.