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The Role of the Social Sciences


A video lecture titled ‘Social Sciences Perspectives of the Earth System’ by Raghu Murtugudde of the Murtugudde Climate Academy. This microlecture is a part of a larger series of climate change videos by Murtugudde and discusses the role of Social Sciences in understanding the Earth System. It includes discussions on societal forces, pressures, changes in the environment, impacts on society, environmental degradation and human well-being through the DPSIR framework. The video also discusses concepts like ‘The Resilience Cycle’ and ‘The Panarchy Model’ to explain the relation between society and the environment.

Students will understand the role of the Social Sciences in understanding the Earth System. They will also learn about the link between socio-ecological systems when addressing climate change.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What is the link between society and the environment?
  2. Discuss the DPSIR framework.
  3. How does the Panarchy Model explain the link between society, the environment and climate change?
About Tool
Tool Name6 Social Science Perspective of the Earth System
DisciplineSocial Sciences 
Topic(s) in DisciplineClimate Change Overview
Climate TopicClimate Literacy, Climate and Society
Type of toolVideo (8 mins)
Grade LevelHigh School, Undergraduate
Translation     –
Developed byMurtugudde Climate Academy
Hosted atYouTube 
Computer SkillsBasic


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