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:
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.
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.
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
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.
An online compendium with 1-3 texts, videos, audio files and/or other learning material per week available at www.cemus.uu.se/asc
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