ARTSC106-21B (HAM)

Critical Social Science Research: The Crisis of Climate Change

15 Points

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: frances.douch@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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This paper is an introduction to critical social science research in Aotearoa New Zealand with a specific focus on the climate crisis. It adopts an interdisciplinary approach to understanding this important issue, spanning indigenous and feminist studies, political science, public policy, sociology, and security studies. Human disruption of the climate is perhaps the single most important crisis confronting the planet. The impacts will have profound economic, political, social, and environmental consequences, forcing us to think carefully about every dimension of our lives – from individual decisions on what and how to consume, and community actions on adapting to a changing world, to local, national and global politics, policies and laws. The paper provides an understanding of the deep-rooted causes, consequences and competing solutions of climate change. It will offer students the opportunity to reflect on the differential impacts of climate change, issues of climate justice, insights into the meaning of climate citizenship, and pathways for engagement in climate change politics in the context of a democratic society. The primary objective of this paper is to provide students with critical social science research and analytical tools to understand the multifaceted nature of climate change.
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Paper Structure

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The goals of the paper are for students from across multiple disciplines to sharpen critical thinking skills and improve their ability to write and speak well, while gaining a broad understanding of how the climate crisis implicates every aspect of our society, politics, policy, democracy and governance.
The paper will involve Moodle-based reading and the completion of online lessons, along with tutorials, class discussions written assessments and oral presentations.

You should sign up for one of the two weekly tutorial times using My Papers ‘Event Activity Signup’ in iWaikato for this paper. Tutorials start in Week 1 of the semester. To access Moodle you will need to log onto iWaikato and follow the link under ‘Key Links’, or go to elearn.waikato.ac.nz.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • 1. Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of climate change from a variety of critical social science perspectives.
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  • 2. Demonstrate foundational skills in information literacy by being able to locate, access, comprehend, and evaluate relevant information sources.
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  • 3. Describe and analyse the role of government and institutions at local, national, and international levels in responding to climate change.
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  • 4. Describe and analyse the role of civic action, including local and global climate justice movements, as well as community initiatives, in shaping climate politics.
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  • 5. Advance a normative position on critical matters of climate politics, backing this judgment with sound arguments and evidence.
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  • 6. Demonstrate effective academic writing skills and knowledge of academic integrity conventions in written essays, tests, and online activities.
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Assessment

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You are responsible for completing the Moodle lessons, reading the assigned material, and completing the weekly worksheets BEFORE coming to the tutorials.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Weekly Moodle Lessons
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Attendance and Weekly Worksheets
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Climate Paper Proposal
19 Aug 2021
11:30 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Climate Paper Presentation
30 Sep 2021
11:30 PM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Online Test
14 Oct 2021
11:30 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Climate Politics Paper
21 Oct 2021
11:30 PM
30
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Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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A set of articles and book chapters is available through the Waikato Reading List. The link to the Reading List is available via the ARTSC106-21B Moodle page.
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Recommended Readings

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Selected Environmental Politics and Policy Journals:

Climatic Change

Environmental Politics

Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy

Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning

Journal of Environment and Development

Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences

Nature Climate Change

Sustainable Development

Global Environmental Politics Global Environmental Change

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Online Support

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The paper outline, all lessons, and additional resources are available on the ARTSC106­-21B Moodle site.
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Workload

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In addition to tutorial attendance, students will be expected to complete lessons, commentaries, and other assignments as indicated. The expected workload for the paper is an average of about 10 hours per week.
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