The United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) is now accepting applications from graduate students and professionals to study a course on Climate, Energy and Food Security at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo, this Fall 2011 semester (commencing late September).
The course aims to provide students with practical insights and up-to-date knowledge on the interconnected themes of climate, energy and food security. Participants will explore the challenges facing the Asia-Pacific region and the global community, as well as some of the possible solutions. The deadline for applications has been extended until 28 September 2011.
Comprising 15 weekly sessions (conducted from 30 September to 27 January), the course will encourage students to critically discuss the science, politics and economics underpinning climate change, energy and food security. Discussions will focus on aspects of mitigation and adaptation, as well as climate science, climate and food justice, peak oil, biodiversity, sea-level rise, biofuels, renewable energy and global climate policies.
This is a certificate course, offered under the aegis of the Asia-Pacific Initiative (API), a multi-university collaborative education programme, wherein students from around the globe participate from their respective campuses via real-time video conferencing. Over 400 students have benefited from these courses since 2003. Participants can also access the eCourse Management System for submitting and reading assignments and joining discussion forums, quizzes and other activities.
Upon satisfactory completion of the course, including all assignments, participants will be awarded a certificate. Currently (for non-partner university enrollments), these courses are only offered by UNU to students or professionals who can commute to the UNU campus in Tokyo. There are no fellowships, travel support, or assistance available for attending this course.