Syllabus for Climate Change Leadership: Power, Politics and Culture

Klimatledarskap - makt, politik och kultur

Syllabus

  • 15 credits
  • Course code: 1MV077
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Sustainable Development G2F

    Main field(s) of study and in-depth level

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle
    G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

    Second cycle
    A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2016-03-10
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2019-02-14
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 27, 2019
  • Entry requirements: 60 credits
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • critically relate to prerequisites, possibilities and limitations for a sustainable leadership within the climate field;
  • from an environmental historical perspective compare different explanatory models of how changes in the climate have influenced different societies;
  • critically review and analyse global power relations and apply an equity perspective on the climate change challenge;
  • analyse and interpret different theories of leadership, cooperation, organisation and communication for a functioning climate change leadership;
  • explain the connections between climate change, conflicts and geopolitical power relations;
  • analyse and evaluate different proposed solutions and their opportunities, limitations and risks within the climate field;
  • apply skills within leadership, cooperation, organisation and communication specifically connected to different contemporary and future scenarios within the climate field.

Content

The course is based in an introduction to and critical discussion of basic concepts and understandings of climate changes, sustainable development, climate change leadership, science, power and politics. The scientific debate concerning climate change and different scientific disciplines perspectives on the climate change challenge are dealt with in detail together with a basic, scientific review of climate change over geological and historical time. From the initial concept orientation, follows a basic, natural science overview of climate change over geological and historical time. Furthermore, a number of environmental history case studies are dealt with that illustrate different societies interaction, adaptation and collapse in relation to climate changes and changes in the surrounding world. On the basis of the multidisciplinary understanding within natural science, environmental history and economic history established during the first half of the course, a framework and prerequisites for a functioning climate change leadership is then defined, with focus on leadership, communication, cooperation and organisation for a sustainable development and stabilised climate. The discussion is then problematised further by a number of overarching perspectives within political philosophy, ethics, equity, international agreements, conflicts, conflict solution, the matter of responsibility and ecological debt. The course closes with a number of applied case studies based on different contemporary and future scenarios as for example biofuels and rising food prices; disaster management and different methods for climate adaptation; infrastructure and restructuring of society; future conflicts and cooperations.

Instruction

The teaching consists of lectures, seminars and workshops. The lectures are given by guest lecturers from various academic disciplines and relevant areas of society. Ample opportunities are provided for active student participation and critical reflection. Participation in seminars and workshops is compulsory. Non-compulsory study visits or equivalent may occur.

Assessment

The student is examined through written preparation for (4 credits) and active participation in seminars and workshops (3 credits), and through written documentation (7 credits) and oral presentation (1 credit) of a project.
 
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University´s disability coordinator.

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 27, 2019

  • Martusewicz, Rebecca A.; Edmundson, Jeff.; Lupinacci, John. EcoJustice education : toward diverse, democratic, and sustainable communities

    Second edition.: New York: Routledge, 2015.

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Lieberman, Benjamin A.; Gordon, Elizabeth Climate change in human history : prehistory to the present

    London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Stoknes, Per Espen. What we think about when we try not to think about global warming : toward a new psychology of climate action

    White River Junction, Vermont: Chelsea Green Publishing, [2015]

    http://cgreen.stisonbooks.com/images/books/native/9781603585835.jpg

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Course Compendium

    Institutionen för geovetenskaper,

    A selection of 3-4 articles per week, available through the course web page

    Mandatory