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Winter Quarter 2012

Course application for SIS 590F

(Climate Justice Seminar, offered jointly with LAW B 576)


Climate Justice Seminar: a Multidisciplinary Approach to Climate Adaptation

The law school is offering a unique multidisciplinary seminar on Climate Justice this
winter quarter. Jeni Barcelos and Jen Marlow, Co-Executive Directors of the law
school’s Three Degrees Project ( will teach the course,
along with David Battisti, Tamaki Endowed Chair of Atmospheric Sciences, and
graduate teaching fellow Brandon Derman.

In Winter Quarter 2012, the Climate Justice Seminar will be meet on Tuesdays and
Thursdays from 8:30–10:30 a.m. at the law school (William H. Gates Hall) in Room 116.
The Climate Justice Seminar is open to 25 graduate and professional students from
across the University of Washington by application only (note: J.D. students are
excused from this requirement and need not apply). The course examines predicted
climate futures in locations around the globe where climate change is likely to harm
disadvantaged populations, with the goal of understanding the limitations and
strengths of the international and domestic legal and political systems available to
alleviate these impacts. The course will focus on global climate-related impacts to
health, food and water, security, equity, and justice. Students will work in
multidisciplinary groups and be advised by the team of core faculty.
All applications must be e-mailed to by 12:00 noon on
Wednesday, November 16, 2011. If you have questions in the interim, please contact
the seminar’s Teaching Fellow, Brandon Derman at

Please attach a separate one-page typed statement that describes how you believe
your experiences and scholarship adequately prepare you to take this graduatel-evel




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African Studies Program
University of Washington
326 Thomson Hall
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195

Joel Ngugi / Chair
Associate Professor, School of Law

Mary Kay Gugerty/Adjunct Director
Associate Professor, Evans School of Public Affairs

Erin Murphy/Program Assistant
Autumn Quarter Office Hours: Tues/Thurs 9-12, or by appt.
206.616.0998 office
206.685.0668 fax

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