Climate Change Leadership: Power, Politics and Culture, 15 credits

Academic year 2020/2021

  • Spring 2021, 50%, Campus

    Start date: 18 January 2021

    End date: 6 June 2021

    Application deadline: 15 October 2020

    Application code: UU-69511 Application

    Language of instruction: English

    Location: Uppsala

    Selection: Higher education credits (maximum 165 credits)

Entry requirements: 60 credits

Fees:

If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application or tuition fees. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Read more about fees.

Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 32,500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 32,500

About the course

Climate change leadership is often mentioned in both news media and by politicians themselves, but what does it really entail? What kind of knowledge and skills define a climate change leader and how can they be learned? What kind of political, cultural and psychological resources are lacking in present initiatives?

This course discusses the fundamentals of an effective and functioning climate change leadership in a global perspective. Starting out from an analysis of how the climate has changed during the planet's long geological history and how it plays a central role in the life of the biosphere, the course looks at why there is such a comparatively few effective responses to the issues we are facing. Then the societal and cultural effects of climate change are discussed, looking at how the use of fossil fuel has transformed modern societies and cultures and taking into account broader perspectives such as ethics, justice or gender. With the knowledge gained during the first part of the course, a framework for a working climate change leadership is critically looked at from a political, power and societal perspective.

The final part of the course is devoted to applying this framework in case studies, with the focus on both a global and local level, trying to identify different strategies for mitigation and adaptation in terms of a functioning climate change leadership.

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Contact

Centre for Environment and Development Studies, CEMUS

Villavägen 16, Uppsala

Villavägen 16, SE-752 36 Uppsala, Sweden

Telephone: +46 18 471 27 08

Study Counsellor

Email: susdev@geo.uu.se

Telephone: +46 73 065 02 28