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: 2022-02-10
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2022
  • 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.

Other directives

Active participation is reassessed through a re-seminar. If a student after having been offered a re-seminar still does not meet the requirements to pass the active participation elements the examiner can choose reassessment by another method.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2022

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 select one book from a list of the following 8 books about actors, strategies, and change. Read reviews of the books to inform your choice and think about how you could use your book in the course.

  • 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


  • Brown, Adrienne Emergent strategy : shaping change, changing worlds

    Chico: AK Press, 2017

    Find in the library

  • Bornstein, David How to change the world : social entrepreneurs and the power of new ideas

    Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004

    Find in the library

  • Gärdebo, Johan; Öhman, May-Britt; Maruyama, Hiroshi RE: mindings : co-constituting indigenous, academic, artistic knowledges

    Uppsala: Hugo Valentin-centrum, Uppsala universitet, 2014

    Find in the library

  • Stein, Rachel New perspectives on environmental justice [Elektronisk resurs] : gender, sexuality, and activism

    New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, c2004.

    Find in the library

  • Marcos, subcomandante. Our word is our weapon [electronic resource] : selected writings / Subcomandante Marcos ; edited by Juana Ponce de León ; foreword by José Saramago ; afterword by Ana Carrigan ; timeline by Tom Hansen and Enlace Civil [Elektronisk resurs]


    Find in the library

  • Peet, Richard; Watts, Michael Liberation ecologies [Elektronisk resurs] : environment, development, social movements

    2nd ed.: London: Routledge, 2004

    Table of contents

    Find in the library

  • Sharp, Gene.; Paulson, Joshua Waging nonviolent struggle : 20th century practice and 21st century potential

    Boston: Extending Horizons Books, 2005

    Find in the library

Reading list revisions