The application for Fall 2022 is now closed. Decisions will be released around August 21.

Duke University’s U.N. Climate Change Negotiations Practicum is a hands-on course that explores international climate change negotiations and climate policy under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

This course is a Bass Connections-affiliated course that provides students with an opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of the issues at the heart of global climate change — from adaptation and mitigation to the political dynamics of the UNFCCC negotiations process. Students engage in independent coursework, classroom discussions, and guest lectures throughout the semester, all in preparation for the annual U.N. climate change negotiations. View the 2021 Syllabus here.

In the past, students have had the opportunity to attend the annual UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP). We may be able to travel to COP 27 in 2022 with half of the class attending from Nov 7-11 and the other half attending Nov 14-18. Please keep in mind that the opportunity for course travel is subject to change based on Egypt’s policies surrounding COP attendance, Duke’s international travel policies, and the availability of funding.

The Fall 2022 Practicum

The UNFCCC Practicum (ENVIRON 592/PUBPOL 592) will be offered during the Fall 2022 Semester on Wednesdays from 5:30 – 6:45 PM. Participation is open to graduate and upper-level undergraduate students at Duke University for 1.5 units and 0.5 units, respectively. The faculty sponsors for the course are Professors Jonathan Wiener (Duke Law) and Billy Pizer (Resources for the Future, previously Sanford School of Public Policy), and course leaders are graduate students Dhruv Jhaveri (MEM/EE) and Rachel Barrales (MEM/EEP).

Typically there has been broad interest in this course, so we ask that students interested submit a short application. The 2022 Application was open from July 18 at 8:00 AM EST to August 3 at 11:59 PM EST. We can accept up to 12 students.

For questions, please contact Dhruv Jhaveri and Rachel Barrales.