Masterclass: Dealing with the ‘Wicked’ Problem of Climate Change

12 November 2020 14:00 -

Dealing with the ‘Wicked’ Problem of Climate Change
  • Dealing with the ‘Wicked’ Problem of Climate Change
  • About our Masterclass series
  • About our Virtual Outreach
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Climate change is perhaps the biggest challenge facing humanity and the planet in the 21st Century. It is a subject that will impact all of our lives, and is an issue we all have strong feelings about. We know the drivers of recent climate change, we have a good idea of what our climate futures will be to 2100 and beyond, and we also know how to ‘solve’ climate change. However, why have we not solved the challenge posed by climate change?

In this masterclass we will introduce the idea of climate change as a ‘wicked’ problem, examining the science, the politics and the psychology of climate change to try and understand why it is so difficult to solve. We will also explore how we can move from contributing to the problem towards becoming part of a solution to the wicked problem of climate change.

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Our Virtual Masterclasses

We're delivering our Masterclasses virtually at the moment, to continue allowing you access to our amazing sessions delivered by expert academics. Throughout the sessions we will aim to meet individual needs, allow space for reflection and include time for conversations to share experiences and knowledge within the 'virtual' room.

Our virtual Masterclasses are approximately an hour long, but may run longer if we have a lot of questions.

If you are a teacher or tutor and would like for your whole class to get involved, drop us an email at and we'll see how we can help you. Bespoke events may be possible for schools and colleges, at times that suit you, dependent on academic availability.


Masterclass award

Attendees at these masterclasses will receive a reduced offer of up to 16 points for future applications to related University of Cumbria courses. Click below for full Terms and Conditions.

Terms and conditions

Why attend a masterclass?

Our masterclasses are designed to give future students like you a flavour of what it is really like to study at university and hand you all that's needed to successfully step into a degree to kick-start your career.

At our masterclasses, you’ll:

  • Take part in real research
  • Gain an excellent example to give your personal statement the edge
  • Enrich your current studies and explore beyond the boundaries of your current knowledge
  • Sample a subject that ignites your interest and make sure it’s the correct course for you
  • Get a unique chance to push your passion further
  • Receive a reduced offer on application to related courses at UoC

Spaces are limited, so if you’re considering a future working in geography, book now.

Our Virtual Outreach

During the unprecedented times of social distancing, our team remain on hand to support you. Over the coming weeks, we are ensuring there is something for everyone, whether you’re a future student, teacher or adviser. We’ve got you.

All our virtual outreach activities on offer have been developed to inform and motivate participants, and link to the Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Career Guidance. This report was redefined and published in January 2018. Laying out eight benchmarks, the report outlined good practice within careers guidance and an expectation that all secondary schools have a careers plan.

Our online Masterclasses meet benchmarks 4 & 7 (Linking curriculum learning to careers & Encounters with further and higher education).

To see what else we're offering online, head on over to for the rest of our virtual outreach delivery.