Bass Connections Course Offers Unique Opportunity to Explore Global Climate Change Negotiations

August 9, 2018

UN climate change practicum

Interested in climate policy and politics? Want to learn more about global climate diplomacy? How about a chance to be sponsored to attend this year’s United Nations negotiations in Poland?

The U.N. Climate Change Negotiation Practicum is a Bass Connections course that examines the negotiation of international climate change agreements under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The practicum offers a unique opportunity for Duke students to gain hands-on, applied experience learning about international climate policy and the negotiations process. Throughout the semester-long course, students will explore the intricacies of climate diplomacy, including the history of global negotiations, key issues, the current status and future directions.

Students will likely have the opportunity to travel to Katowice, Poland, to attend a week of the 24th Conference of the Parties (the annual U.N. climate negotiations, known as COP) between December 3 and 14, 2018. Additionally, students will work with a client organization during and in preparation for the negotiations.

Participation is open to graduate and upper-level undergraduate students in any department or program at Duke. Faculty sponsors are Billy Pizer (Sanford School of Public Policy) and Jonathan Wiener (Duke Law); course leaders are graduate students Galen Hiltbrand and Tasfia Nayem.

Applications are due by Wednesday, August 15 at 5:00 p.m. Students will be notified of their selection by August 20. The course will meet on Mondays from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

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