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).
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