Due to the situation surrounding Covid-19, we are currently looking into alternative options for teaching our programme this year. Full details will be announced soon, but in the meantime please get in touch with any questions you may have.
This course provides a critical introduction to understanding the politics of climate change under conditions of economic and political crisis. It presents a critical perspective on the relationship between the environment and development, nature, society and the Anthropocene, and focuses on the dynamics of socio-environmental change, giving attention to its material and economic, political and organisational as well as cultural and ideological dimensions.
The foundation of the course is a theoretical consideration of the history, politics and economics of climate change under capitalism. This is followed by an interrogation of the diplomacy of climate change negotiations, including the Paris Agreement and the IPCC reports, feminist approaches to the environment and ecosocialism. Finally, the course examines contemporary questions to do with technology and the climate, racism and climate denial, and the potential of the movements to force capitalist states and corporations to act to address the climate crisis on the scale that is required.
On successful completion of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:
- A critical understanding of the key theoretical debates on the environment, political ecology and climate change, including an understanding of the debate over the Anthropocene.
- An understanding of the nature and history of the carbon economy.
- An understanding of the relationship between climate movements, the state, carbon industries and corporations, and mechanisms for sustainable transitions, and applying this understanding to country case studies.
- A capacity to identify, understand and critique the agreements and policies of the institutions and governments involved in climate negotiations at a global level.
This course is worth 15 credits in the UK system. 15 credits is equivalent to 4 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system. If you intend to transfer credit to your home institution, please check the requirements with them before you apply. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can, however please be aware that the decision to transfer credit rests with your home institution.
Assessment will be optional and will vary for each course. Participants will be provided with a certificate of attendance and a Record of Study will be available on request.
Week 1: Poverty, inequality and planetary boundaries
•Nature, society and debating the Anthropocene
•Fossil fuels and the rise of the carbon economy
•Borders, walls and climate refugees
Week 2: Challenging inertia
•Global environmental policy and the politics of adaptation
•Feminist approaches to nature, environment and development
•Ecological materialism: taking reality seriously
Week 3: Climate crisis and contestation
•Alienation, technology and perspectives on a green economy
•Right-wing populism, racism and climate denial
•Movements for social justice and against climate change
•Averting chaos in a warming world: the transition to zero carbon
Teaching & Learning
50 hours (lectures, tutorials, activities). The course will be delivered Monday - Friday over the 3 weeks.
Monday - Friday, 10am-3pm. In addition to regular lectures and tutorials, each course will offer a range of activities relating to their academic content (e.g. museum visit, company visit etc.).
Fees and Funding
- Credit-assessed: £1,750
- Non-assessed: £1,600
A one-off, non-refundable application fee of £40 will be charged to cover administration costs. Please visit the SOAS online store to make your application fee payment.
- 10% early-bird discount when you apply by 31 March
- 15% discount for SOAS Alumni (including Academic Summer School alumni)
- 20% discount for our partner institutions
- Other discounts are available for groups. Please contact us for further information.
For more information, please visit our website.
In order to join our Summer School, you will need to meet the following entry requirements:
- A university student or a graduate at the time of attending the summer school, and 18+ years of age.
- Professional experience can be acknowledged as equivalent to a university qualification.
- A minimum English language requirement if English is not your first language:
- IELTS, 6.5 overall or higher, with at least 6 in all subscores.
- TOEFL Paper-based test we require a minimum of 583 with minimum 53 in all skills and for TOEFL Internet Based Test we require a minimum of 93 with minimum 20 in all skills.
- Pearson Test of English a score of 59-64
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Grade B
- If you have studied in an English speaking institution, or have courses taught at your university in English (excluding English language courses), you may meet our requirements without having to supply a certificate. Evidence of this will either need to be included on a transcript or letter from your university.
- Applicants with an alternative qualification should contact us for advice.
- Applicants whose English language level do not meet out requirements may be interested in our subject-based courses with English language support.
Enrolment of Summer School applicants who don’t meet the entry requirements is at the discretion of SOAS – please get in touch to speak to us in detail about your application.
Once you have paid the £40 application fee and submitted the online application form, you will be informed as to whether you have a place on the summer school within 5 working days. Please do not pay your tuition fee prior to having received your offer letter.
25th May 2020
About the School
SOAS University of London welcomes the brightest minds to study on its central London campus with like-minded individuals who feel passionately about contemporary world issues.