FAQ: Climate/Change Course

More information about the Climate/Change course is included below. If you have additional questions, please contact Associate Dean Laura Baudot, instructor of record, or Nathan Carpenter, course manager.

When are the classes?

Classes will take place on nine consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6:30–8:30 p.m. EDT, beginning Tuesday, March 29 and concluding Tuesday, May 24. All classes will take place via Zoom, and information about connecting to the virtual classes will be shared in advance of the first lecture.

What will the classes look like?

Each class session will begin with a lecture by an Oberlin faculty member (except for the second week, which will feature a panel of Oberlin alumni). Each lecture will explore the course’s key themes and questions from a different disciplinary perspective and will conclude with an opportunity for students to ask questions.

Following the lecture and Q&A, which will run for approximately one hour, students will join discussion groups facilitated by current students who serve as Peer Advising Leaders, or PALs. (Students who choose to attend Oberlin will continue seeing the PALs throughout the fall). In these groups, which remain the same throughout the course, students will debrief the lectures, get to know each other, and learn about student life at Oberlin.

What if I have a scheduling conflict with the class meetings?

We know that you are busy and have multiple demands on your time! We also know that some of you will be joining the course from time zones outside the United States. If you would like to participate in the course but have a recurring scheduling conflict with the course meeting times (Tuesdays from 6:30–8:30 p.m. EDT), please still submit the registration form, which will include information about possible scheduling solutions.

Do I receive credit for taking this course?

This is a for-credit course. It is worth two credits, which is the equivalent of one-half of a regular full-semester course. Students who successfully complete this course and then choose to enroll at Oberlin will receive a half-course/two academic credits toward graduation. The grade will be recorded as “Pass.”

Does the course cost money? Do I need to purchase supplies?

No. There is no charge for enrolling in this course, and all readings and other materials will be provided at no cost. Students will need access to the internet in order to join the lectures and discussion groups via Zoom. More information about connecting to Zoom will be provided in advance of the first lecture.

What if I participate in the course but decide to attend a different college?

We will be very sad to see you go! But with regard to the course, you are still welcome to participate to the same extent as students who choose to attend Oberlin, even after you’ve made up your mind to go elsewhere. If you successfully complete the course and would like to transfer the course credit to another institution, there will be a tuition fee of $1,000 and a transcript fee.

What happens if I enroll and can’t complete the course?

This course is meant to be a meaningful and engaging introduction to an Oberlin College liberal arts education, not a source of anxiety or stress. While students will be expected to participate actively in order to be eligible to receive credit, the course will appear on your official transcript only if you successfully complete it.

If you begin the class but are unable to complete it, the course will not appear on your official transcript. Students who enroll at Oberlin will see an NE (No Entry) designation on their unofficial transcript. This designation is for advising purposes only.

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