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

Learning outcomes

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).

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

Reading list

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


    Find in the library


  • Brown, Adrienne Emergent strategy : shaping change, changing worlds

    Chico: AK Press, 2017

    Find in the library


  • Massey, Garth. Ways of social change : making sense of modern times

    Second Edition.: Los Angeles: SAGE Publications, Inc., [2016]

    Find in the library


  • 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, [2016]

    Find in the library


  • The necessary revolution : how individuals and organizations are working together to create a sustainable world Senge, Peter M.; Smith, Bryan; Kruschwitz, Nina; Laur, Joe; Schley, Sara

    New York: Doubleday, 2008

    Find in the library


  • 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, [2015]

    Find in the library


Reading list revisions

Last modified: 2022-04-26