New course announcement: Fundamentals of Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments

Registration is open for this course running from April 6, 2021, to May 14, 2021.

By SENS Communications

Course Description

This course is designed to demonstrate how climate science is used in vulnerability assessments for managing complex socio-ecological systems. It will also explore the concept of vulnerability and the degree to which geophysical, biological, and socio-economic systems are susceptible to, and able to cope with, impacts of climate change. 

The course is taught between April 6th and May 14th, 2021. Although the course is asynchronous, there are expectations for you to complete modules and assignments throughout this time period. Some assignments rely on your completion of the work in a timely way. Please note that deadlines have both date and time stamps. Teamwork will require groups to organize virtual breakout groups (videoconferencing software and discussion boards are offered through Canvas; students are free to choose other software that best fits their needs as appropriate).  

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to: 

  • Explain the introductory theory and background of the climate change adaptation cycle and vulnerability assessments. 
  • Recognize the difference between different types of climate change vulnerability assessments. 
  • Demonstrate the application and process of climate change vulnerability assessments through case study application. 
  • Examine how complex socio-ecological systems are being affected by climate change and how to approach this in the context of increasing uncertainty. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding surrounding the use and application of climate science in vulnerability assessments. 


USask Student Registration Details

If you are already a student at the University of Saskatchewan, you can register through the PAWS system for ENVS 898, CRN 29518.



Non-USask Students

If you are not already a USask student, you can register through Eventbrite. The cost for non-registered USask students is $1,200.




Email sens.admissions [at] for more information.