DATES: The School will consist of eight weekly seminars. of two hours each. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the School will be online for Michaelmas 2020. This allows us to accept applications from people outside of the Oxford community for the first time ever! The school will run on Zoom Webinar every Thursday from October 15th to December 3rd from 5:30-7:30pm. Successful applicants will be sent the login details (you will hear back about your application shortly after applications close on September 30th).
FORMAT: Each seminar will consist of a lecture given by a leading academic in the field, followed by questions from participants. New to this year's iteration of the School is the introduction of a capstone exercise, which involves working in small groups of 5-6 people to more closely investigate an issue presented in the School.
The programme is specifically designed to deliver the interdisciplinary knowledge required for successful climate action, while remaining accessible to individuals from all backgrounds. It will begin with a broad overview of the science and impacts of climate change, before diving into a deeper examination of the areas that are most crucial for coherent climate action, such as energy, transport, and law. The programme will conclude by reviewing local and global frameworks for climate mitigation and adaptation, with a view towards practical actions that can be taken by the participants in their daily lives and future careers.
A typical session will include:
40 minute lecture
20 minute guided interview of our expert by OCS members
30 minutes questions from participants
20 minutes time to work in your groups on capstone
FEE: In order to cover the costs of the webinar platform we are using to host this year's School, we are charging a fee of £10 for each participant. However, if you are unable to pay this fee, we have a no questions-asked financial hardship box that you can tick in the online application form (below).
Community building is a significant component of the School's programme. Participants will be given the opportunity to meet other climate-conscious individuals, and to work together to apply the knowledge they have learned to future projects beyond the School.
The Oxford School of Climate Change was a unique opportunity to learn from the best in the field, and meet students who were passionate about social and environmental justice. It changed my life, and it could change yours, too!
- DPhil Sociology
Taking part in the School of Climate Change was a brilliant experience that allowed me to pursue my interest in climate-related issues amongst a tight knit group of equally enthused climate activists from all disciplines across the university. The diversity of people on this course and our varying specialties allowed us all to learn from one other and the incredibly high standard of speakers meant the discussions that took place were insightful, forward-thinking and at times highly provocative. This course is a must for anyone who feels passionately about wanting to learn more about our 21st century climate crisis and how to begin having an impact solving it!
- BA Geography
Being around such a diverse and interdisciplinary group of students who all care about climate change has been such a refreshing experience at Oxford, not least because of the great array of topics included in the programme. The SoCC covers some of the most defining and contentious debates around solutions to environmental issues, from geoengineering and carbon taxes, to flood prevention and decarbonising the economy.
I loved that the programme offers such a welcoming and open space for discussion and debate, and that it is open to everyone from undergraduates to PhDs. It's given me the opportunity to build on my knowledge of issues around climate change, to be challenged by my peers, to interact with some fantastic speakers, and perhaps most importantly, to build so many new friendships, no doubt with many of the future leaders on climate change.
- MSc Global Governance and Diplomacy
I really loved the course. I really felt like it brought together a community of students and academic professionals to talk about and learn about climate change and think how to approach it taking into account the interdisciplinary approach it demands.
- DPhil Philosophy
Great opportunity to meet like-minded people and discuss climate change from a truly interdisciplinary perspective. Having such a broad range of speakers was also incredibly valuable. Great work!
It was an amazing series. I only wish I could do it all again!