Forging Just, Effective Climate Policy in the UN COP Process

As part of the Schiller Institute's leadership of the BC@UNCOP programming, delegation selection, and administration, the Schiller Institute offers a one-credit Fall semester course that provide an overview of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP) from an historical, political, and social perspective.

The course is required for student members of BC’s official delegation traveling to the Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC. and open to other interested students through departmental permission. Particular attention is applied to viewing the COP proceedings through three frames: climate change policy, health, and social justice.

The Fall 2022 version of the course was led by Professor David E. Storey along with a team of faculty offering their expertise in modules throughout the semester. Modules included:

Climate Change Policy: Why the UN COP Process Matters
Facilitator: David Deese, Professor of Political Science

Climate Change and Health: Human Health Must Be Center Stage
Facilitator: Philip J. Landrigan, Professor of Biology and Director, Global Public Health Program and Global Pollution Observatory

Climate Change and Social Justice: Climate Justice
Facilitator: Praveen Kumar, Assistant Professor of Social Work

Youth Voices and Movements
Facilitator: Tara Pisani Gareau, Associate Professor of the Practice and Director of the Environmental Studies Program

US Climate Leadership
Facilitator: Catherine Goldberg (‘16), Senior Climate Policy Officer, U.S. Department of State

The Organization of COP (faculty delegates encouraged to attend)
Facilitator: Jim West, Assistant Director of Programs, Schiller Institute for IntegratedScience and Society, and Designated Point of Contact between the United NationsFramework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat and Boston College

Climate Negotiations Simulation
Facilitator: David E. Storey, Associate Professor of the Practice, Philosophy Department

Questions about the course?

Please reach out to Jim West:

Interested in enrolling in future offerings of this course?

Priority is given to student delegates selected to attend COP as part of the Boston College delegation. Other interested students should contact Jim West in late August prior to the start of the Fall semester.