University of Colorado Boulder
Global Climate Change Policies and Analysis
University of Colorado Boulder

Global Climate Change Policies and Analysis

Taught in English


Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Osita Onyejekwe

Instructor: Osita Onyejekwe

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14 hours to complete
3 weeks at 4 hours a week
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What you'll learn

  • Identify climate goals and policies, such as the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement. 

  • Describe the impacts of climate change.

  • Evaluate the technological, economic, and policy challenges associated climate change mitigation strategies.

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There are 4 modules in this course

In this module, you will delve into critical aspects of energy and environmental governance, starting with an exploration of global climate policies and their effectiveness. The focus then shifts to understanding the historical development and contemporary debates surrounding nuclear energy as an alternative to fossil fuels, examining its potential roles and challenges. The module concludes with an exploration of future energy landscapes, emphasizing renewable energy sources and their policy incentives in the United States.

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3 videos8 readings1 assignment2 peer reviews2 discussion prompts

In this module, you will embark on an in-depth exploration of nuclear power, beginning with a foundational understanding of what nuclear power entails. Then, you will explore various perspectives of nuclear power as an alternative energy source before examining nuclear energy policies and technological advancements tailored for the 21st century, analyzing how regulations and innovations shape the nuclear energy landscape globally.

What's included

4 readings1 assignment1 peer review

This module centers on an exploration of climate change and its multifaceted impacts. You will begin by examining the fundamentals of climate change before delving into the intricate relationship between weather patterns and climate change, analyzing how global warming influences regional climates and exacerbates extreme weather events. The discussion then shifts to the phenomena of El Niño and La Niña, exploring their roles in altering weather patterns globally and their implications for climate variability. You will also investigate the alarming trend of mountain glacier recession, studying the environmental, social, and hydrological ramifications of diminishing glaciers worldwide.

What's included

8 readings1 peer review2 discussion prompts

In this final module, you will explore future emission scenarios and mitigation strategies crucial for addressing climate change. First, you will examine emission scenarios, discussing how different projections influence climate models and policy decisions, and Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs), analyzing these pathways as frameworks for quantifying greenhouse gas concentrations and their impacts on global climate. Then you will explore carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies, focusing on their role in mitigating emissions by capturing CO2 from industrial processes and storing it underground.

What's included

4 readings2 peer reviews


Osita Onyejekwe
University of Colorado Boulder
4 Courses928 learners

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This course is part of the following degree programs offered by University of Colorado Boulder. If you are admitted and enroll, your coursework can count toward your degree learning and your progress can transfer with you.

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