The Climate Change and Sustainability Policy (CLIMASP) minor at the American University of Madaba is an interdisciplinary programme funded by the European Commission Tempus under the coordination of the UNESCO Chair ICT in Education for Sustainable Development, University of Crete, Greece. Students from Biology and Biotechnology, Nutrition and Dietetics and Risk Management choosing the CLIMASP minor as a complement of their major opens to them new opportunities for further studies and career paths.
The CLIMASP minor consists of core courses, elective courses and the required capstone course in three concentration areas: 1) Climate Change, Environment and Society; 2) Climate Change, Economics and Public Policy; and 3) Climate Change, Science and Technology. The courses included in the CLIMASP minor are an integral part of the participating disciplines curricula. It is, thus, an advantage for students seeking a meaningful and rewarding complement to their main field of study. Upon completion of the minor along with their major, students will be granted the Euro-Arab Pass diploma ranges from 45-60 ECTS.
The CLIMASP minor programme is administrated by the “Euro-Arab Center for Interdisciplinary Studies” which is part of the AUM’s Center for Training and Consultation. The program promotes five key learning processes and outcomes:
- EXTENDS BEYOND THE 4Cs FOR 21st CENTURY SUCCESS
A 21st century classroom must engage and energize all students to be active participants in building a more sustainable society. In doing so, the CLIMASP minor goes beyond mastering the 4 C’s - creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration. In addition, students will be prepared to grasp the skills of connectivity, critical consciousness, critical reflection, cross/inter-cultural competence, co-responsibility and constructing knowledge. All these skills are being highly recognized as the skills that CLIMASP students should be prepared for tackling the complexity of climate change and sustainability policy.
- APPLIES PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING TO TEACH 21st CENTURY SKILLS
The increased complexity of the climate change and sustainability policy challenges drives us in preparing our students to become inquirers, problem solvers, critical and creative thinkers. The CLIMASP minor provides our students with improved strategies to help them deal with these very complex situations. Problem-based learning (PBL) is one such strategy that is employed throughout the CLIMASP curriculum and teaching methods.
- VALUING CLIMATE CHANGE AND SUSTAINABILITY POLICY
Every aspect of climate change is shaped by ethical dispute and covers an array of fields: moral philosophy, science, economics, public policy, global justice, energy, and human rights, among others. Applying a values-based and PBL approach, the CLIMASP minor prepares students to comprehend and further explore the intersections of science, ethics, values, climate change and sustainability policy.
- LEARNING HOW TO TRANSFORMATIVELY ADAPT
Transformative learning in a climate change context involves climate risk negotiation, identification of vulnerabilities, and both proactive and reactive adaptation. The CLIMASP minor prepares students to learn how to transformatively adapt to the climate change vulnerabilities by seeking out relationships that potentially will help them deconstruct their frames of reference, habits of mind, and unsustainable practices.
- MERGING THEORY WITH PRAXIS
The CLIMASP curriculum blends classroom learning with experiential, constructivist and transformative practices, incorporating critical self-reflection, argumentation, community service, civic engagement and practicum placements. It adopts a critical pedagogy of sustainability that involves inter- and trans-disciplinary engagement with students and community members in an effort to involve students in the process of sustainable thinking and action. In that way, it helps students experience the synergies of the 3Hs- head (cognition), heart (ethics and sentiment) and hand (praxis).
CLIMATE CHANGE AND SUSTAINABILITY MINOR PROGRAMME OUTLINE
- CORE COURCES (9 credit hours – university requirements)
- CAPSTONE COURSE (5-6 credit hours)
III. ELECTIVE COURSES (at least 18 credit hours)
CONCENTRATION AREA 1: Climate Change, Environment and Society
CONCENTRATION AREA 2: Climate Change, Economics and Public Policy
CONCENTRATION AREA 3: Climate Change, Science and Technology
For details see CLIMASP study program for each of the following departments:
CLMASP integrated study program is offered to students of
- Biology and Biotechnology (Faculty of Science)
- Nutrition and Dietetics (Faculty of Health Sciences)
- Risk Management (Faculty of Business)
HOW TO APPLY
Students must have completed at least one semester before applying to the CLIMASP Minor programme. The application must be accompanied by an approval from the CLIMASP faculty advisor.
DEADLINES FOR REGISTRATION
FALL 2nd October
SPRING 15th February
FOR MORE INFORMATION
- Biology and Biotechnology (Faculty of Science): Prof. Fares Khoury (Contact Form)
- Risk Management (Faculty of Business): Dr. Jamal Shamieh (Contact Form)
- Nutrition and Dietetics (Faculty of Health Sciences): Dr Ghada Al Bandak (Contact Form)