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3352703 Climate Change, 5 Cp 
Code 3352703  Validity 01.01.2010 -
Name Climate Change  Abbreviation IMU 
Credits5 Cp  Date of expiry  
TypeAdvanced Studies Subject0520 Physics 
ClassStudy Unit  Hours  
Study right   Grading0-5 
Recommended scheduling 
Organisation Applied Physics (K) 

Jorma Joutsensaari 

Learning outcomes 

After passing this course student understands main basic knowledge about climate change as a scientific phenomenon, as well as about mitigating it and adapting to it. The student understands the basics of how climate functions and is able to define causes and consequences of climate change. The student can explain what measures can be taken to mitigate climate change and how it is possible to adapt to it. The student is able to look at climate change from various perspectives and make connections between the environment, the economy and different parts of society.



The course is based on the content of the online course: Climate change - what is it about, the climate system, the future of the climate, the impacts, the mitigation, the adaptation and the big issues.

Modes of study 

Continuous evidence-based assessment: learning diary, a project work and seminar and multiple-choice questions. Modes of study will be agreed in detail at the beginning of the course.


Teaching methods 

Lectures (8 h), project works (20 h) and seminars (4 h).

Study materials 

Climate change now ( web course. Other materials.

Evaluation criteria 



Jorma Joutsensaari


The course will be held only every second academic year, next time in the autumn semester 2020.

Key words 

Climate, climate change, global warming, greenhouse phenomenon



Further information 

Teaching language is English. It is also possible to participate this course from a distance via multiform teaching. Content and modes of study will be agreed in detail at the beginning of the course.


Letter (J, K) in front of the name of the course/exam indicates the campus on which teaching or exam takes place: J = Joensuu, K = Kuopio.

Present and future teaching
Functions Name Type Cp Teacher Timetable
Register K:Climate Change  Web course  Jorma Joutsensaari  26.10.20 -14.12.20

Future exams
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