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Making Sense of Climate Science Denial

Ofrecido por The University of Queensland (UQx)
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2–4 horas
por semana, durante 7 semanas

$49 USD para exámenes y tareas con calificación, más un certificado

Climate change is real, so why the controversy and debate? Learn to make sense of the science and to respond to climate change denial.

Antes de comenzar

Basic high school science recommended
Inicio del curso: Mar 5, 2019
Finalización del curso: Dec 16, 2019

Lo que aprenderás

  • How to recognise the social and psychological drivers of climate science denial
  • How to better understand climate change: the evidence that it is happening, that humans are causing it and the potential impacts
  • How to identify the techniques and fallacies that climate myths employ to distort climate science
  • How to effectively debunk climate misinformation
WEEK 1: Understanding The Climate Controversy
During the first week of the course, we introduce the course content, interact with each other and complete an introductory survey. The week continues with an exploration of political consensus, the drivers and psychology of climate science denial and an overview of the controversy surrounding this topic.

WEEK 2: Global Warming Is Happening
In week two, we will look at the indicators of global warming and myths related to temperature and glaciers. 

WEEK 3: We Are Causing Gobal Warming 
Week three focuses on the ways in which humans cause climate change and the myths associated with the greenhouse effect and the rise in carbon dioxide.

WEEK 4: The Past Tells Us About The Future
This week looks at the history of climate change in order to model future climate change. We also address myths related to models.

WEEK 5: We Are Feeling The Impacts Of Climate Change
Week five covers climate feedbacks and the impacts of climate change on the environment, society and the weather.

WEEK 6 and 7: Responding to Denial
The final weeks of the course look more closely at the psychology of science denial and debunking techniques. We also complete a peer assessment that asks students to practice debunking strategies on real myths that can be found in today’s media.

Approach: mini-lectures, video interviews, quizzes, activities, a peer assessed writing assignment, and readings.

Información general

In public discussions, climate change is a highly controversial topic. However, in the scientific community, there is little controversy with 97% of climate scientists concluding humans are causing global warming.

  • Why the gap between the public and scientists?
  • What are the psychological and social drivers of the rejection of the scientific consensus?
  • How has climate denial influenced public perceptions and attitudes towards climate change?

This course examines the science of climate science denial.

We will look at the most common climate myths from “global warming stopped in 1998” to “global warming is caused by the sun” to “climate impacts are nothing to worry about.”

We’ll find out what lessons are to be learnt from past climate change as well as better understand how climate models predict future climate impacts. You’ll learn both the science of climate change and the techniques used to distort the science.

With every myth we debunk, you’ll learn the critical thinking needed to identify the fallacies associated with the myth. Finally, armed with all this knowledge, you’ll learn the psychology of misinformation. This will equip you to effectively respond to climate misinformation and debunk myths.

This isn’t just a climate MOOC; it’s a MOOC about how people think about climate change.

Conoce a tus instructores

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg
Director of the Global Change Institute (GCI) and Professor of Marine Science
The University of Queensland
John Cook
Adjunct Lecturer
The University of Queensland
Daniel Bedford
Professor of Physical Geography and Climate Science
Weber State University, Utah
Gavin Cawley
Senior Lecturer in Computing Sciences
University of East Anglia
Kevin Cowtan
Research Fellow, Department of Chemistry
University of York, England
Sarah A. Green
Professor of Chemistry
Michigan Technological University
Peter Jacobs
PhD Student, Department of Environmental Science and Policy
George Mason University
Scott Mandia
Professor of Earth and Space Sciences and Assistant Chair of the Physical Sciences Department
Suffolk County Community College, New York
Dana Nuccitelli
Environmental Scientist
Skeptical Science
Mark Richardson
Caltech Postdoctoral Scholar, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
University of Reading, Currently at NASA JPL
Keah Schuenemann
Meteorology Professor
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Andy Skuce
Independent Geoscience Consultant
Skeptical Science
Robert Way
PhD Candidate in the Department of Geography
University of Ottawa, Canada

Testimonios de los estudiantes

Fascinating course. The material applies to many other fields, and has led me to think about some of my beliefs and why I am slow to examine opposing views at times. The course description clearly states it is not about the science of climate change, but examines the science behind denial.
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