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SEA Semester: Climate & Society
Auckland, New Zealand; Christchurch, New Zealand; Napier, New Zealand (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Fall
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Program Sponsor: SEA Semester 
Restrictions: URI applicants only
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Fields of Studies: Anthropology, Communications, Environmental Studies, Marine Science, Sociology Language of Instruction: English
Experiential Learning: ITR Field Study, URI Affiliated Program Class Standing: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior
Program Description:
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Program Highlights

• Examine climate science, policy, and literature in their human social contexts
• Interact with leading researchers and writers in New England and New Zealand
• Explore cities, islands, coastal regions, and glaciers affected by climate change
• Acquire valuable communication skills and participate in digital storytelling

Who Should Apply?

This semester at sea program is designed for non-science majors who are interested in addressing climate change. It allows students with a limited background in the sciences to explore climate-related issues. Open to all majors.

Program Description

Finding solutions to the problems brought about by climate change requires going beyond scientific data. We must also consider the possibilities found within social and political institutions, economic markets, cultural practices, and the creative forces of art, literature, and design. The humanities and social sciences have a vital role to play in building strategies for global climate resilience and adaptation.

Woods Hole, Boston, and New Zealand are our sites for exploring the impacts of a changing climate on human lives. You’ll investigate climate related issues such as public health, environmental justice, clean energy, human displacement, national security, and ecological design.

This new semester at sea includes shore components in both Woods Hole and in New Zealand, as well as a sailing research voyage in the South Pacific. Aboard the ship, you’ll meet with stakeholders responding to local climate impacts and gain a perspective of climate change that links oceanic and terrestrial processes. The semester concludes with a New Zealand-based symposium featuring student presentations of research and digital storytelling projects.

Academic Coursework & Credit

SEA Semester: Climate & Society offers 18 transferable credits from Boston University upon successful completion of the program.

Course Descriptions

Climate, Society and the Humanities (300-level, 4 cr.)
Survey of climate literature across humanities and social science disciplines. Explores interpretive and comparative approaches to understanding human-climate interactions in maritime contexts and identifies collaborative potential with the natural sciences. Requires interdisciplinary research, field journal writing, and team projects.

Environmental Communication (300-level, 3 cr.)
Seminar focusing on communication skills development for environmental scholars. Introduces the field of environmental communication, examines environmental attitudes and behaviors, and develops a toolkit of communications strategies. Includes projects in data visualization, multi-media presentation and digital storytelling.

Leadership in a Dynamic Environment (300-level, 3 credits)
Prereq: Admission to SEA Semester. Sophomore standing or consent of instructor. 
Be an effective leader while leveraging the individual strengths of a team. Use leadership theory and case studies to understand how decisions affect outcomes. Participate as an active member of a ship’s crew, progressively assuming full leadership roles.

The Ocean & Global Change (300-level, 4 credits)
Prereq: Admission to SEA Semester. Sophomore standing or consent of instructor. 
Ocean ecosystem change in the anthropocene: warming, acidification, fisheries depletion, and pollution. Review principles of circulation, seawater chemistry, nutrient dynamics, and biological production to understand causes and consequences of change. Conduct field measurements for contribution to time-series datasets.

Your Choice of Research Course Options:
Advanced Research Topics (400-level, 4 cr.)
Advanced humanities and social science seminar focusing on contemporary climate-related issues including urban/coastal resilience, poverty and justice, clean energy, human displacement, and national security. Emphasizes case study analysis and research methods. Requires field data collection, research paper and symposium presentation.

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Directed Research Topics (300-level, 4 cr.)
Seminar exploring humanities and social sciences approaches to understanding and resolving contemporary climate-related issues. Development of research and writing skills through analyses of case studies and guided seminar exercises. Requires field data collection, research paper and presentation of results.
 

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