In principle, the following courses should be within reach for all students in Climate Sciences. These are alternating courses / seminars with changing contents to meet the requirements by the host institutes.
Advanced-level and specialist courses
Given the small number of elective courses for the two specializations, three paths for potential extensions appear:
The Social Sciences are closely related to Economics, so this path may be the most common for most students with an according background or willingness to put in more effort, e.g.:
- Economic Evaluation of Environmental Goods
See also the 'Student's Guide Economics' wihich explains introductory and advanced courses in Economics.
Natural Sciences and quantitative methods
Combining tools from Social and Natural Sciences is increasingly recognized as a necessity when addressing climate change.
This means that understanding the "physical" climate system and the ability to apply quantitative methods becomes very valuable.
Hence, you may invest in introductory and advanced-level courses in Atmospheric Sciences or Climate and Earth System Sciences (see the respective course guides).
Moreover, we encourage taking Statistical Methods for Climate Sciences, which may require some effort but is clearly feasible for students with a background in Social Sciences.
As an example, you may build your expertise in Historical Climatology / Climate History, which requires both qualitative and quantitative approaches.
Other courses with a humanities, social-science, interdisciplinary perspective include coursework from multiple disciplines, such as:
- International Environmental Law
- Climate Sciences in Conversation with Climate Law
- Philosophical issues in understanding global change
- Methods of Climate Reconstructions
- Environmental epidemiology applied to climate sciences
This path has certainly its advantages in terms of a holistic view on the climate challenge. However, we feel that choosing too many courses from too many different fields can lead to a loss in real expertise.