ENS2100EN - Climate and Society: Case Studies

Course description

This course builds on Weather and Climate by examining how climate influences societies on a day to day level. Factors discussed include dress, customs, housing, agriculture, health and disaster mitigation. A comparison will be drawn with the more technologically reliant way in which rich westerners are able to mitigate the impacts of weather and climate.

How this course benefits students

Moving into a new culture also requires adapting to the new climate which impact on various aspects of culture. Westerners in particular can have a hard time doing this as easy access to technology in the form of housing and climate control. This course helps prepare students for that transition.

Why this course is important

Mission is global and requires Christians to become all things to all people, adapting to local climates and customs. Students need to understand how climate affects life in different cultures.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Environmental Studies
Educational level
Natural Sciences Distribution
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Mick Pope, Professor of Environmental Mission

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

This course applies a Biblical understanding of the Christian life to the need to cross cultural and climate boundaries in mission.

Missionally driven

This course will force students to consider the need to evaluate the challenge of new cultures and climate in global mission.

Contextually informed

This course examines how climate affects culture and hence its impact on contextualizing the gospel.

Interculturally focused

This course examines how climate influences culture and our idea of human comfort.

Practically minded

Students will be better prepared to engage in global mission by understanding the impacts of weather and climate on everyday life.

Experientially transformed

This course forces students to consider their preferences for a comfortable climate and how mission challenges that.