GEOG 343 - Seminar in Human Dimensions of Global Change: Impacts and Societal Responses

Type of Course: Graduate Seminar
This seminar is designed to introduce graduate students to the concepts and methods associated with scholarly research on global change vulnerability. This emerging literature derives from decades of research on human-environment interactions, and presumes that there is a reciprocal relationship between people and their physical environments. In particular, vulnerability is conceived of as a function of exposure to specific stresses, sensitivity to the exposures, and associated adaptive capacities. We will examine each of these dimensions using both theoretical texts and applied case studies. We will also critically evaluate what is new about “vulnerability” research–and what is not so new.

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