Spring 2012 weeks 03-22 (January - May) Mixed 100%
Application Deadline: 2011-10-15
Enrolment Code: UU-69600 Application
Language of Instruction: English
Location for Studies: Uppsala
Selection: Guaranteed admission
Entry Requirements: University studies 60 credits/equivalent
Application and tuition fees are required for students outside the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee.
This spring semester course package of 30 credits offers you the choice of the following courses:
Actors and Strategies for Change - Towards Global Sustainabilities, 7.5 credits
With a growing number of unsustainable environmental, economic and social trends, how can different actors work for sustainable alternatives? To achieve a more vibrant and participatory Sustainable Development there is a need for great changes, both on the structural and individual level. Who has the capacity and possibility to make these changes and what strategies are most efficient? In this course different actors and their strategies for change, globally and locally, are discussed and analyzed.
Sustainable Design - Ecology, Culture and Human Built Worlds, 7,5 credits
How can an interdisciplinary approach to design unlock new creativity and beauty? How could different design solutions in nature serve as a model for new human made designs? And what are the limits of human ingenuity and creative design?
This course looks at design from an interdisciplinary, critical and philosophical perspective, with focus on different theories and models that turns present conventions of design on its head. With inspiration from ecology and nature, and in-depth discussion of how cultural conditions define human perceptions of the environment, the course tries to reach practical conclusions on how creative design can contribute to a sustainable and inspiring world.
Climate Change Leadership - Power, Politics and Culture, 15 credits
Climate change leadership is often mentioned in both news media and by politicians themselves, but was does it really entail? What kind of knowledge and skills will future climate leaders need to learn? What kind political, cultural and psychological resources are lacking in present initiatives?
This course discusses the fundamentals of an effective and functioning climate change leadership in a global perspective. Starting out from an analysis of how climate has changed during the planets long geological history and how it plays central role in the life of the biosphere, the course looks at how these changes has affected different societies and how these societies has responded. Then the societal and cultural causes of climate change are discussed, looking at how the use of fossil fuel has transformed modern societies and culture. With the knowledge gained during the first two parts of the course, a framework for a working climate change leadership is critically looked at from a political, power and philosophical perspective. The last part of the course tries to apply the framework for a climate change leadership in case based workshops of future scenarios, on a global and local level, working with different strategies for mitigation and adaptation.
Sustainable Development - Project Management and Communication, 15 credits
This course gives you a basic introduction to a project management model for Sustainable Development that combines different practical and creative tools in planning, implementation, communication and evaluation. The course is designed for students that independently want to plan and implement a project idea that contributes to a Sustainable Development. The project process is done individually or in a group, and is communicated within the university or in another relevant context.
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