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Climate Change for Introduction to Social Sciences

Teaching Module

A teaching module by Andrew Szasz, University of California, Santa Cruz titled ‘A Climate Change Module for Introductory Sociology Classes’ for instructors and teachers that discusses how climate change can be taught in the Sociology classroom. It provides educators with teaching resources such as videos, sample lesson plans, discussion points and sample powerpoint that educators can use in their classrooms. These resources are :-

  1. Videos
    1. The Physics of Climate Change (Jeff Kiehl, 31:59)
    2. A Sociology of Climate Change, Introduction (Andrew Szasz, 3:14)
    3. A Sociology of Climate Change, Causes (Andrew Szasz, 17:58)
    4. A Sociology of Climate Change, Impacts (Andrew Szasz, 27:45)
    5. A Sociology of Climate Change, Responses (Andrew Szasz, 26:53)
  2. Sample Lesson Plans
    1. One session option
    2. Two session option
  3. Suggestions For Classroom Instruction on
    1.  Making climate change feel real
    2. When difficult feelings arise
    3. Climate denier(s) in the class
  4. Sample PowerPoints On
    1. Introduction
    2. Causes
    3. Impacts
    4. Responses

Students will understand the importance of the Social Sciences and the discipline of Sociology in understanding climate change.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. How does society contribute to climate change?
  2. What are some of the impacts climate change has and may have on society?
  3. How has society responded to the threat of climate change?
About Tool
Tool NameA Climate Change Module for Introduction to Sociology Classes
DisciplineSocial Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineClimate Change Overview
Climate TopicClimate Literacy, Climate and Society
Type of toolTeaching Module
Grade LevelHigh School, Undergraduate
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Developed byAndrew Szasz & Jeffrey Kiehl, University of California, Santa Cruz
Hosted atA climate change module for introduction to sociology classes
Computer SkillsBasic


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