An Intercultural Virtual Exchange Course

Climate Movements Spring 2022

  • About the Course
  • For Educators & Staff
  • Course Manual
  • Weekly Resources
  • FAQ
  • Assignments

This 9-week Virtual Exchange will focus on one of humanity’s biggest questions: climate change.

In this online, international Virtual Exchange participants from different countries and cultural backgrounds come together weekly in their groups to learn with, and from, each other. Stimulated by curated audio-visual materials, participants discuss the themes of the course and engage in interactive assignments. 

What’s it all about

The conversation about climate is a conversation about movement. Scientists point to the slow but steady upward movement of the planet’s temperature. Activists demand movement and change from governments and policymakers. Unprecedented global youth movements have emerged and shifted public discourse. New and more extreme climatic events are forcibly displacing people from their homes or livelihoods, and depleted natural resources threaten stability and peace. Still, beliefs and behaviours about climate are often unmoving. You get to explore the key debates around climate through a curated audio-visual lecture series, providing materials from experts, journalists and practitioners. See the weekly topics below for more on the content of this Virtual Exchange. 

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Dates Mar 14 - May 13 2022

Duration 9 weeks

Language English

Application deadline Feb 14 2022

Weekly time investment

160 hours in total (contact hours + assignments), equal to 6 ECTS
2-4 hours weekly preparation and assignments
2 hours online group sessions
Video-project assignment & optional further readings

For Educators & Staff

Partnering for ‘Climate Movements’

Virtual Exchange (VE) delivers international experiences for students all over the world and has been steadily growing over the last two decades. Whilst the global Covid-19 pandemic has put international mobility programmes on hold, VE can offer students invaluable intercultural and international encounters.

We offer this VE course opportunity to universities at a small financial contribution which reflects the minimum budget to run this international VE, while offering you savings when investing with more students and or over multiple semesters. Our VE courses can be used to fulfil a component of a larger capacity-building project. The course can also be offered for students from only your network or alliance and is a perfect fit to serve internationalisation objectives and especially Internationalisation at Home agendas. Find out more about the possibilities for offering this Virtual Exchange “Climate Movements” to your students in this brochure.
We accept partners on a rolling basis and can accommodate a maximum of 30 in 2022.

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Course Manual

Here you find essential information about the curriculum, assignments and how to successfully complete this course.

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Weekly Resources

Review the weekly resources in preparation for your online session here.

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Weekly Preparation Assignment

Prior to your online group meeting each week, review the week’s resources and then respond to at least one material with a comment, observation or question.

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Weekly Reflection Journal

At the end of each online session, you are invited to write 1 paragraph that reflects and records your experience of the day’s session. You will be directed to fill in a short online form answering the themed question of the week. The submission will be acknowledged by the course team but will not be accessible to fellow participants.

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Video Dialogue Project

Starting week 3, you will invite a friend or acquaintance to discuss with each other some of the topics raised in ‘Climate Movements’. You can find more detailed information about this assignment in the VIDEO DIALOGUE PROJECT GUIDE.

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The Virtual Exchange Climate Movements follows the model of Virtual Exchange that was developed by the Sharing perspectives Foundation. The curriculum of the course builds upon the curriculum of the previously run Interactive Open Online Course “Cultural Encounters | The Big Climate Movement” that was implemented in the context of the Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange project in 2020.

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