Environmental Ethnography, 7.5 credits

Academic year 2022/2023

  • Autumn 2022, 50%, Campus

    Start date: 31 October 2022

    End date: 15 January 2023

    Application deadline: 19 April 2022

    Application code: UU-52000 Application

    Language of instruction: English

    Location: Uppsala

    Selection: Final school grades (60%) - Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (40%)

    Registration: 3 October 2022 – 23 October 2022

Entry requirements: General entry requirements


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 11,250

Tuition fee, total: SEK 11,250

About the course

The current era - often called the Anthropocene - is characterised by pandemics, climate change and extreme weather events, environmental degradation, extinction of species and decrease of biodiversity. The boundaries between nature and culture increasingly are coming under question. This course investigates how contemporary environmental concerns have a long history and are the result of the interplay between culture, politics, economics, technology and ecology. Understanding and managing such complex problems therefore requires scientific knowledge about how ecosystems work. But it also demands knowledge about how cultural notions, social norms, economic values, and political interests shape people's relations to organic and non-organic nature.

The course explores fundamental issues about meaning, value and action in relations between societies and environments. It provides ethnographic perspectives on some of the environmental challenges facing human societies and ecosystems, how different people deal with them in different ways, and how the humanities and social sciences can critically engage with these challenges.

More information


Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology

Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3H

Box 631, 751 26 UPPSALA

Email: kursadm@antro.uu.se

Course administration

Telephone: +46 18 471 22 13