GEO300.1 Sustainability and Environmental Justice in Europe (Signature Seminar; Fall, Spring)

Sustainability and Environmental Justice in Europe is an intensive nine-day Signature Seminar field study experience. Travelling as a group to three Nordic countries, you will discover how creatively valuing both heritage and innovation is supporting (or failing) environmental justice. In each of the destinations, students will directly engage with inequalities in access to clean air, food, water, energy, land, and natural spaces. Participants will explore how environmental crises around the globe impact local European communities, how the actions taken in these spaces affect peoples in other parts of the world, and how we can learn from these leaders in sustainable solutions.

During the fall semester, students will explore Copenhagen’s carbon-neutral buildings and cultural spaces through cycling tours and eco-business meetings; kayaking the Stockholm archipelago and meeting with environmental experts in Sweden; and spend time with huskies and reindeer in the Arctic Circle with Europe’s only recognized indigenous people, the Sami – in nearly 24 hours of daylight thanks to the high latitude.

In spring semesters, our field activities include witnessing climate change firsthand in Bergen and snowshoeing up a glacier in the Norwegian fjords; touring sustainable urban technologies and meeting with environmental experts in Stockholm; and mushing huskies in the snowy Arctic Circle after a dark night searching for the Northern lights.

Both semesters explore questions of human-nature interactions, animal ethics, and connections between global climate patterns and local politics. The three credits earned for this pre-semester seminar will be included in the maximum 19 credits that you can earn for your semester abroad. You must enroll in a minimum of 15 credits – including this seminar – for the semester.

Department: Geography

Location: London

Semesters: Fall, Spring

Credits: 3