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Climate Justice

Storm te Pas
Anne Sekscinska


Climate change is an urgent issue, and every delay in fixing it leads to immeasurable losses to biodiversity, a.o. for the system earth. Climate justice, as a course, will aim to give students the tools to understand the myriad of issues making it difficult for people and groups of people to work on fixing this social dilemma. Having students engage in their learning encourages them to understand the material on a deeper level of understanding, which aids in memory retention. The reflective portfolio is used so that students can explore their passions in the field of climate change. Through eight weeks of the course, students will explore and reflect upon various aspects of climate ethics from the perspective of law, psychology, social studies, and climate sciences.


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Our syllabus is designed in Notion, allowing for everyone involved in this project to be able to pursue the content in whichever way makes sense to them. As we built modules for this course, it did not make sense to present this syllabus in a strictly linear way.

Self-Assessment Form

The students taking this course will self-assess how well they’ve done in it. This research review states that, while student self-reports may not be very consistent with other measures, a positive association between self-assessment and learning is found. It is the goal of this course to teach students and have them enjoy learning about this topic long after they have left the classroom.

Preparation Material/Class Discussion

This course has heavily implemented video-based preparation material and in-class discussion. This study found that, in a randomized controlled trial, a combination of in-class problem solving and preparatory video assignments together led to the highest median exam score. Another study found that a reduction of lecture time and an increase of lab time led to students watching more instructional videos and reading significantly more as well.

Learning Objectives

After writing learning goals for our course, we evaluated how well they fit into the ideas in Bloom’s taxonomy and adjusted them accordingly so that students will more easily understand what is expected of them.