Syllabus for Environmental and Climate Change

Miljö och klimat i förändring


  • 15 credits
  • Course code: 1GV105
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Earth Science G1F, Environmental Science G1F

    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: 2014-03-13
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2018-08-30
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2019
  • Entry requirements: 15 credits in environmental science, earth science or biology.
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

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

  • describe the relationship between the geological and climatic development of the Earth
  • explain the basic physical principles of the global climate system
  • give an account of natural climatic and environmental changes which have occurred over different time scales
  • describe the large-scale changes which have occurred in vegetation, ecosystems, and landscape in northern Europe since the last glaciation
  • descrive how the soil and water environment have changed as a result of human activity
  • describe current energy politics and energy systems related to climate change
  • account for the effect of climate charnge on society and how society works with the effects of climate change and climate adaptation
  • present group work in an oral presentation and written report


The course examines environmental and climate change from the latest glacial maximum (about 20,000 years before present). Natural climate archives as well as vegetation and landscape development over time are examined as evidence of environmental and climate change. The physical basis for the climate system is investigated including effects of atmospheric circulation and ocean currents on global climate. Basic oceanography and hydrology related to climate processes. Other processes such as volcanism that can initiate global change are presented. Impact of human activity on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems with focus on environmental hazards as well as contaminated soil and water. Impact on different social institutions and infrastructure, and how to work with climate change and to limit climate change today. Basic energy policy and energy system concepts are presented in connection with environmental and climate change.


The course contains lectures, exercises, seminars, study visits and group work. Oral and written presentation of a project is included.


Examination in the course is divided between two written exams (3 and 4 credits, respectively), exercises and seminars (4 credits), and a course project to be presented orally and in written form (4 credits). 
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 disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 30, 2019

  • Vetenskaplig litteratur som delas ut av läraren

    Institutionen för geovetenskaper,

  • Mackenzie, Fred T. Our changing planet : an introduction to earth system science and global environmental change

    4th ed.: Boston: Prentice Hall, cop. 2011

    Find in the library