GCC 3013/5013 Making Sense of Climate Change: Science, Art, and Agency

Course ID: 
GCC 3013/5013

(3.0 cr. prereq: sophomore, junior, senior)

The overarching theme of the course is the role of artistic/humanistic ways of knowing as tools for making sense and meaning in the face of "grand challenges." Our culture tends to privilege science, and to isolate it from the “purposive” disciplines—arts and humanities—that help humanity ask and answer difficult questions about what should be done about our grand challenges. In this course, we will examine climate change science, with a particular focus on how climate change is expected to affect key ecological systems such as forest, farms, and resources for vital biodiversity such as pollinators in our community and Place. We will study the work of artists who have responded to climate change science through their work, to make sense and meaning of climate change. Finally, we have the unique opportunity to create a collaborative public art project that will become part of the Northern Spark festival, an all-night art festival.

Syllabus (.pdf)