Interested in learning about changes in the Arctic? Canadian Studies is offering two interdisciplinary courses this coming Winter Quarter that will expand your knowledge of the Arctic including: climate change from various perspectives and changes in the Arctic environment (taught by visiting Fulbright). See below for course information as well as flyers.
Arctic/JSISB 391 or Honors 394C: Climate Change – An International Perspective: Science, At & Activism
MW 1:30-3:20pm | SMI 407
Instructor: Robert Pavia
For the first time in the history of the planet humans are causing changes on a global scale – the Anthropocene. Scientists discovered global climate change, identified its human origins, and are forecasting change to every corner of the globe. There is overwhelming consensus about the facts underpinning our knowledge of climate change but powerful forces are aligned against implementing changes necessary to mitigate climate impacts.
Understanding climate change requires an interdisciplinary approach that considers natural and social sciences, art, and the role of activism. The course begins with the sometimes perplexing science of climate change, in all its disciplines. Interwoven with the science will be discussions of how the Arctic nations and Arctic indigenous peoples are working together to mitigate climate change impacts. But perhaps more interestingly, we will explore how artists and musicians work with scientist to extend the expression of hard facts to intellectual and emotional enrichment.
Arctic 401: Arctic Issues – The Canadian Arctic Environment
MW 9:30-11:20am | MEB 237
Instructor: Mark Mallory, 2017-18 UW Canada Fulbright Visiting Chair in Arctic Studies
This course will provide an introduction to the extreme world of Arctic terrestrial, aquatic and marine environments and biota, with a focus on Nunavut, a new territory in Canada that lies fully above the treeline. The course will be broad in topics; discussions will include the physical and ecological setting, food web, key and iconic wildlife species, threats to their health, contaminants, as well as an environmental and ecological perspective on history, peoples, and current issues. Dr. Mallory will provide numerous examples from his nearly 2 decades of continuing work in the region, from air, land and sea.