School: Social Sciences
Academic Unit: Social Anthropology and History
Level of studies: Undergraduate
Course code: W/S-091 Semester: 5th
Course Title: Anthropology, Climate Change and Health
Independent teaching activities Weekly teaching hours Credits
Lectures 3 6
Course type: Special background & Skills development
Prerequisite courses: None
Language of instruction and examinations: Greek
Is the course offered to erasmus students: Yes
Course website (Url): /


    Learning outcomes: 

    Climate change is considered one of the most significant threats of our times, towards earth, humans, future life. The course offers an anthropological approach to the study of climate change as well the understanding of the relationship between climate change, health and wellbeing.
    It looks into the conceptualisations that are mobilised in relation to risk, danger, the future, and the role of humans in shaping nature, etc. Why do some people choose not to believe in climate change, how could anthropology enilghten the public discussion. These are some of the themes covered by the course.
    The aim of the course is the:
    a) familiarisation with the current anthropological approaches in the understanding of climate change,
    b) study of the relationship between climate change, inequality, health and politics.
    c) familiarisation of the current anthropological and cross-disciplinary discussions in relation to climate change.

    General Competences: 

    Working Independently
    Production of new research ideas
    Critisism and self-criticism
    Production of free, creative and inductive thinking
    Working in an interdisciplinary environment

    (3) SYLLABUS

    1. Presentation of the course – key concepts
    2. Anthropological approaches looking into environmentalism
    3. Anthropocene (i)
    4. Anthropocene (ii)
    5. Global, local and glocal in relation to climate change
    6. Risk and Society
    7. Science (un)challenged – Why it takes more than information to Change Minds (i)
    8. Science (un)challenged – Why it takes more than information to Change Minds (ii)
    9. Climate change in context (i)
    10. Climate change in context (ii)
    11. Climate change and health (i)
    12. Climate change and health (ii)


    Delivery: Face-to face
    Use of information and communications technology : Use of ITC in teaching
    Use of ICT in teaching and communication with students
    Teaching methods:  Activity Semester workload
    Seminars 39
    Study and analysis of bibliography 45
    Essays 40
    Field study exercise 26
    Course total: 150
    Student performance evaluation: Language of Evaluation: Greek
    Methods of Evaluation:
    a) Participation to the course and oral participation (30% of the total grade)
    β) First assignment (1500-1800 words) (20% of the total grade).
    γ) Second assignment (1500-1800 words) (20% of the total grade).
    δ) Third assignment (2400-3000 words) (30% of the total grade): The students are expected to carry out a small-scale research and to present it in written and oral format.

    The aformentioned evaluation criteria are presented to the students at the start of the course.


    • Latour, Bruno. 2018. Down to Earth. Politics in the New Climate Regime. Polity Press.
    • Latour, Bruno. 2017. Facing Gaia: Eight Lectures on the New Climatic Regime. Polity Press.
    • Palsson, Gisli. 2020. The Human Age. How we created the Anthropocene epoch and caused the climate crisis. Welbeck
    • Palsson, Gisli. 2016. Nature, Culture and Society. Anthropological Perspectives on Life. Cambridge University Press.
    • Eriksen, Thomas Hylland, 2016. Overheating: An Anthropology of Accelerated Change. Pluto Press.
    • Eriksen, Thomas Hylland (Editor). 2018. An Overheated World. An Anthropological History of the Early Twentyfirst Century. Routledge.
    • Descola, Philippe. 2013. Beyond Nature and Culture. University of Chicago Press.
    • Crate, Susan. A. and Nutall, Mark. 2009. Anthropology and Climate Change. From Encounters
    • to Actions. Left Coast Press.
    • Haenn, Nora and Wilk R. Richard. 2006. The Environment in Anthropology. A Reader in
    • Ecology, Culture, and Sustainable Living. New York University Press.
    • Dove, Michael, R. and Carpenter Carol. 2008. Environmental Anthropology. A Historical Reader. Blackwell Publishing.
    • Ingold, Tim. 2016 (ελληνική έκδοση). Η αντίληψη του Περιβάλλοντος. Δοκίμια για τη διαβίωση, την κατοίκηση και τις δεξιότητες. Αλεξάνδρεια.
    • Doulgas, Mary 1992. Risk and Blame. Essays in Cultural Theory. Routledge.
    • Douglas, Mary, and Aaron Wildavsky. 1983. Risk and Culture. An Essay on the Selection of Technological and Environmental Dangers. University of California Press.
    • Milton, Kay. 1996. Environmentalism and Cultural Theory. Exploring the role of anthropology in environmental discourse. Routledge.
    • Elizabeth Cartwright (2019) The Medical Anthropology of Climate Change: Eco-Risks and the Body Environmental, Medical Anthropology, 38:5, 436-439.
    • Baer, H. A. 2008 Toward a critical anthropology on the impact of global warming on health and human societies. Medical Anthropology 27(1):2–8.
    • Samet, J. M. and A. Woodward 2018 National government denial of climate change and state and local public health action in a federalist system. American Journal of Public Health 108(S2): S112–S113.
    • Singer, M., ed. 2016 A Companion to the Anthropology of Environmental Health. Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell.
    • Singer, M., J. Hasemann, and A. Raynor 2016 “I feel suffocated:” Understandings of climate change in an inner city heat island. Medical Anthropology 35(6):453–463.
    • Trostle, J. 2010 Anthropology is missing: On the world development report 2010: Development and climate change. Medical Anthropology 29(3):217–225.
    • Wainwright, M. 2017 Sensing the airs: The cultural context for breathing and breathlessness in Uruguay. Medical Anthropology 36(4):332–347.