Syllabus for Perspectives on Climate Change: Ecopsychology, Art and Narratives

Perspektiv på klimatförändringar - ekopsykologi, konst och narrativ


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 1MV082
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Sustainable Development G2F

    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: 2019-03-07
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2022-02-10
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2022
  • Entry requirements:

    60 credits

  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

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

  • account for different theoretical as well as practical perspectives on climate change in relation to ecopsychology, art and narratives;
  • summarise and critically relate to different ways of creatively working with climate change related to various ethical, existential and psychological issues;
  • communicate transdisciplinary issues related to climate change in relation to ecopsychology, narratives, art and science;
  • initiate, plan, implement and evaluate a delimited project work within the course area.


The course deals with various theoretical and practical perspectives on climate change in relation to ecopsychology (e.g. environmental melancholia), artistic forms of expression (e.g. climate art) and literary communication methods (e.g. ecocriticism, climate fiction). Through various theoretical understandings and knowledge in psychology, philosophy, ethics, art history, literature and climate science, the discussion on how different ways of working in the area can contribute to an individual and societal climate transition is deepened. The various parts of the course bring together an experience-based, process-focused and creative learning with a reflexive, debating and knowledge-oriented learning, where art and science meet in a transdisciplinary and critical dialogue. Through project work the student develops, initiates and works with a practical in-depth study of one of the course areas.


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 credit) 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.

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2022

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Kimmerer, Robin Wall Braiding sweetgrass : indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge and the teachings of plants

    First paperback edition: Minneapolis, Minnesota: Milkweed Editions, 2013

    Find in the library


  • Digital Compendium Online POC

    CEMUS, 2020


Reading list revisions