NIGK13004U Climate Change: an Interdisciplinary Challenge

Volume 2018/2019

MSc Programme in Climate Change


The course will comprise the following main themes:

•   TuncNoning of the climate system, as well as the wider 'Earth System'.

•   Tipping elements of the Earth System.

•   The economics of climate change.

•   Strategies of mitigation, including transformation of the energy system.

•   Adaptation to climate change at community, national and global level.

•   Climate change science seen from a 'science studies' perspective, and

•   Climate change ethics.

Learning Outcome

The aim of the course is to give an interdisciplinary introduction to climate
change, its impacts on the naturalenvironment and human societies, and possible strategies for mitigation and adaptation. After completing the course the student should be able to:



  • Describe the current state of knowledge on climate change.
  • Understand and describe the most important processes involved in climate change, and the interactions between the atmosphere, ocean and land surface.
  • Understand the concept of 'tipping elements' and 'tipping points' of the
  • climate system.
  • Describe the basic concepts involved in the economic control of climate change.
  • Give an account of possible climate change adaptation strategies in societies in different cultural and economic settings.
  • Outline different possible environmental ethics positions as regards climate change.


  • Identify and analyze climate change related problems,using methods from a wide range of disciplines.
  • Apply scientific terminology from different disciplines correctly.
  • Present the results of an analysis In a well-structured, logical coherent
  • Scientifically correct form, written as well as orally.


  • Distinguish between normative and non-normative statements as concerns climate change.
  • Understand fundamentalepistemological similarities and differences.
  • between 'natural' and 'human' science.
  • Work efficiently in a inter-disciplinary group to identify solutions to complex climate change related problems.
  • Provide qualified contributions to interdisciplinary discussions on climate change issues.
BSc in Natural Resources, Food Science, Landscape Architecture, Biology-Biotechnology, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography and Geoinformatics and Geology-Geoscience from University of Copenhagen or equivalent is recommended.
The form of teaching is theory exercises combined with ad hoc lectures. For the teaching plan, please see Absalon.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exercises
  • 84
  • Preparation
  • 244
  • Project work
  • 84
  • Total
  • 412
Type of assessment
Written assignment, during course
Oral examination, 20 minutes
The written assignment is prepared during the course and must be handed in prior to the exam week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as its point of departure. It includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list. A combined grade is given after the oral exam.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship

Re-submission of written assignment, 20 minutes oral examination. The written assignment must be handed in prior to the re-examination week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as its point of departure. It includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list.

Criteria for exam assesment

See learning outcome.