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Thinking the Unthinkable: Making The Necessary Public Policy Choices on Climate Change

Human-caused global climate change—and its ecological and social consequences—is the biggest public policy challenge currently facing our human family. Without immediate and decisive action, coming generations will witness the collapse of modern agriculture, massive coastal  inundation, and the largest refugee crisis in modern history.

Taught by renowned constitutional trial lawyer Daniel Sheehan, this course will explore the repercussions of global climate change for our domestic rights and global human rights: from the rise of authoritarian politics in America to the repression of environmental activists and civil liberties throughout the world. This course will trace the history of American corporate capitalism, examining its profound and dangerous effects on political, economic and environmental systems worldwide. Students will be made familiar with leading resistance movements, acquire the skills necessary to interpret the scientific findings establishing the reality of man-made global climate change, learn to effectively confront climate denial, and how to become effective participants in the struggle to stop and reverse this crisis.

Daniel Sheehan and Chase Iron Eyes Discuss DAPL, December 2016

Daniel Sheehan: Implications of Global Climate Change April 2014

Course Requirements

Lecture: Tuesday and Thursday 3:20-4:55

Assignments: There will be a five page paper, a 10 page paper, and a 15 page final paper, with considerable freedom in topics. Students may use course readings and lecture as sources for their papers. There will be no final exam.

Enrollment: Open to all UCSC students, freshmen and sophomores will receive permission codes as requested.

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