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 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 Draft Syllabus here.

In the past, students have had the opportunity to attend the annual UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP). We will likely be able to travel to COP 26 in 2021 with half of the class attending from Nov 1-5 and the other half attending Nov 8-12. Please keep in mind that the opportunity for course travel is subject to change based on the UK’s policies surrounding COP attendance and Duke’s international travel policies.

Interested in applying for the Fall 2021 Practicum?

The UNFCCC Practicum (ENVIRON 592/PUBPOL 592) will be offered during the Fall 2021 Semester on Mondays 1:45-3:00pm. 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 Brittany Tholan (MEM/CEM) and Gabriela Nagle (PhD/JD).

Typically there has been broad interest in this course, so we ask that students interested submit a short application. The 2021 Application is NOW OPEN (click here). Please answer all required questions and submit by the deadline, 11:59PM EST on Sunday, August 1. We can accept up to 12 students. 

For questions, please contact Brittany Tholan and Gabriela Nagle Alverio.