This class will introduce students to the history of climate and climate change by exploring two main avenues of inquiry: first, how has climate constrained or enabled human action? Second, how have ideas about climate changed over time? Some of the central themes we will address include the ways in which climate has impacted past and present societies; the legitimacy and manipulation of scientific knowledge; and the connections between climate and imperialism. Understanding the history of these concepts is crucial for informed engagement with contemporary issues surrounding climate change. We will see that the relationship between climate, the environment and human societies has never been as clear-cut as we expect. Learning about this complexity, and understanding how we arrived at this moment in our history, is an essential first step for navigating the world we live in.