Course: overview and academic guides / syllabi


You can register for:

A)   3 ECTS credits

You will follow the two-week program at UAM.

SSMACC Syllabus 3 ECTS

B)   6 ECTS credits

You will follow the two-week program at UAM, do additional visits to institutions and field trips during those two weeks, and take a directed study under the direction of one of the professors of the program. You can complete your directed study during your stay in Madrid (this probably would require that you select a supervisor and start working before coming to Madrid) or, more likely, remotely after you return to your country, under the timing agreed with your supervisor.

SSMACC Syllabus 6 ECTS


A)   Introduction

Climate change is the main global environmental problem and one of the main economic and social problems of Humanity. At least in the European Union, citizens’ perception is also in line with scientific conclusions on the seriousness of the problem. According to the latest Eurobarometer survey published in 2019 by the European Commission, 93% of EU citizens believe that climate change is a serious problem and 79% that it is a very serious problem. Compared to the previous Eurobarometer, published in 2017, climate change has overtaken international terrorism as the second most serious problem facing mankind, after poverty, hunger, and lack of drinking water.

On the other hand, climate change is a multidimensional problem, which must be studied from all disciplines of knowledge. However, our curricula do not usually provide a multi- or interdisciplinary understanding of the problem and, although the population perceives it as a very serious problem, there is a notable lack of knowledge about its nature, effects, possible scenarios, policies and responses to the challenge it poses for Humanity.

B)   Objectives

In view of the shortcomings of our curricula and the lack of knowledge of a large part of the population mentioned in the introduction, the main objective of this course is to provide a multidisciplinary and rigorous view of the problem of climate change. The aim is for students to have a complete university level vision, rigorously provided by experts in each subject, although adapted to the necessary introductory level given the heterogeneous profile that students will have, as it is generally the case throughout society.

In the 6-ECTS credits version of the course, students will also gain further knowledge of a field (usually the field of study of their bachelor’s degree, but not necessarily) by taking a directed study under the direction of one of the professors of the program.

In addition to the main objectives described in the previous paragraphs, the course has a secondary objective: providing an enriching “study abroad” experience, with all the benefits of academic, cultural and personal enrichment that this type of experience provides, but with the advantage that by intensifying the course in only two weeks, it can encourage those who cannot live a longer experience due to its greater economic cost or do not dare to do so due to other factors.