Syllabus for Actors and Strategies for Change: Towards Global Sustainabilities

Global hållbarhet - aktörer och strategier för förändring


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 1MV075
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Sustainable Development G1N

    Explanation of codes

    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: General entry requirements
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

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

  • from cross disciplinary perspective account for today's sustainability issues;
  • describe and evaluate different societal actors' strategies, scope for action and limitations in the pursuit of a sustainable society;
  • reason on individual/actor perspective versus structural/system perspectives on societial change;
  • thoroughly reflect on their own role in the causes and solutions of sustainability issues.


The course gives a broad orientation to the complex sustainability dilemma and highlights different approaches in the pursuit for change. In a multidisciplinary series of lectures with invited guest lecturers, the most serious environmental, development and sustainability challenges of today are discussed, as well as the strategies and scope of action of various actors to solve these problems. Concrete strategies for societal change, at a structural/societal level as well as from an individual perspective, are developed and discussed.


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.


The student is examined through written preparation for (2 credits) and active participation in seminars and workshops (1.5 credits), and through written documentation (3.5 credits) and oral presentation (0.5 credits) 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

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

Mandatory reading

  • Digital Compendium Online ASC

    CEMUS, 2020

    An online compendium with 1-3 texts, videos, audio files and/or other learning material per week available at


A course book of your choice from the list below

All students will pick from a list of the following 6 books about change. There will be first come-first serve sign-ups for each book so the same number of students read each book. The students will need to have read their book and be ready to discuss them for the workshop at the end of module 2 (Monday April 26th)

  • Crutchfield, Leslie R. How Change Happens: Why Some Social Movements Succeed While Others Don't

    Wiley, 2018

    Find in the library

  • Figueres, Christiana; Rivett-Carnac, Tom The future we choose : surviving the climate crisis

    London: Manilla Press, 2020

    Find in the library


  • Hopkins, Rob From what is to what if : unleashing the power of imagination to create the future we want

    Vermont: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2019

    Find in the library


  • Press, Clare Rise and Resist : How to Change the World [Elektronisk resurs]


    Find in the library


  • Roy, Arundhati Azadi : freedom, fascism, fiction

    [London]: Penguin Books, 2020

    Find in the library


  • Sharma, Monica Radical transformational leadership : strategic action for change agents

    Berkeley, California: North Atlantic Books, 2017

    Find in the library