This course will examine the relationship between resource competition, climate change, and conflict in the modern world. The course will look at a variety of conflicts from around the world and attempt to determine the degree to which they are fueled by environmental and resource considerations. This will involve study of illustrative historic and existing conflicts and will also consider potential conflicts, such as that between the United States and China over access to energy and mineral supplies. The course will also consider the ways in which changes in consumption behavior and the development of energy alternatives can reduce the risk of conflict. Student will be expected to select a particular aspect of this topic or a case study for intensive research.