Syllabus for Actors and Strategies for Change: Towards Global Sustainabilities
Global hållbarhet - aktörer och strategier för förändring
A revised version of the syllabus is available.
- 7.5 credits
- Course code: 1MV075
- Education cycle: First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level:
Sustainable Development G1N
- Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
- Established: 2016-03-10
- Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
- Applies from: Autumn 2016
- Entry requirements: General entry requirements
- Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences
At the completion of the course the student should
- have an up-to-date, interdisciplinary understanding of the issues of sustainable development;
- give an account of, and be able to evaluate, the strategies, room to maneuver and limitations of different societal actors in striving toward a sustainable society;
- be able to discuss individual/actors perspectives compared to structural/system perspectives on cultural change;
- have reflected on his/her own role in the causes and solutions of issues of sustainable development.
With a growing number of unsustainable environmental and social trends, how can different actors work for sustainable alternatives? To achieve a more vibrant, participatory and sustainable development there is a need for great changes, both on the structural and individual level. Who has the capacity and possibility to make these changes and what strategies are most efficient? In this course different actors - civil society, corporations, governments, the education sector and the international community - and their strategies for change - on global, regional, national and local levels - are analysed and scrutinised.
The course is interdisciplinary and consists of a lecture series where guest lecturers from different academic backgrounds and sectors of the society give their perspectives on strategies for change. The lectures are complemented by seminars where the students reflect in smaller groups.
Students are examined through written preparation and active participation in seminars and workshops (3 credits) and through presentation and documentation of group projects (4.5 credits).
- Latest syllabus (applies from Autumn 2022)
- Previous syllabus (applies from Autumn 2019)
- Previous syllabus (applies from Autumn 2016)
Applies from: Spring 2019
Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.
A mandatory course book of your choice from the list submitted below
By 1st of February you are asked to submit your choice of course book on studentportalen. You will be reading your book over the duration of the course in literature groups. Available books are the following:
Crutchfield, Leslie R.
How change happens : why some social movements succeed while others don't ; a project of the Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business
Emergent strategy : shaping change, changing worlds
Chico: AK Press, 2017
Ways of social change : making sense of modern times
Second Edition.: Los Angeles: SAGE Publications, Inc., 
Scharmer, Claus Otto
Theory U : leading from the future as it emerges : the social technology of presencing
Second edition.: San Francisco, California: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., a BK Business Book, 
The necessary revolution : how individuals and organizations are working together to create a sustainable world
Senge, Peter M.;
New York: Doubleday, 2008
Stroh, David Peter
Systems thinking for social change : a practical guide to solving complex problems, avoiding unintended consequences, and achieving lasting results
White River Junction, Vermont: Chelsea Green Publishing Co, 
Reading list revisions
- Latest reading list (applies from Spring 2019)
- Previous reading list (applies from Autumn 2016)