Syllabus for Climate Change Leadership: Power, Politics and Culture
Klimatledarskap - makt, politik och kultur
A revised version of the syllabus is available.
- 15 credits
- Course code: 1MV077
- Education cycle: First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level:
Sustainable Development G2F
- 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
- Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences
On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- critically relate to prerequisites, possibilities and limitations for a sustainable leadership within the climate field;
- from an environmental historical perspective critically compare different explanatory models of how changes in the climate have influenced different societies;
- interpret different theoretical models concerning the emergence of the industrial society as a cause for anthropogenic climate change;
- critically review and analyse global power relations and apply an equity perspective on the climate change challenge;
- analyse and interpret different theories of leadership, cooperation, organisation and communication for a functioning climate change leadership;
- explain the connections between climate change, conflicts and geopolitical power relations;
- analyse and evaluate different proposed solutions and their opportunities, limitations and risks within the climate field;
- apply skills within leadership, cooperation, organisation and communication specifically connected to different contemporary and future scenarios within the climate field.
The course starts with an introduction and critical discussion of basic concepts and conceptions about climate changes, sustainable development, climate change leadership, science, power and politics. The science debate concerning climate change and different scientific disciplines perspective on the climate change challenge are also focused on during the first part of the course. From the initial concept orientation, follows a basic, natural science overview of climate change over geological and historical time, and a number of environmental historical case studies that illustrate different societies interaction, adaptation and collapse in relation to climate changes and changes in the surrounding world. After that, the basic reasons for anthropogenic climate change during the history of the industrialisation are studied. On the basis of the multidisciplinary understanding within natural science, environmental history and economic history established during the first half of the course, a framework and prerequisites for a functioning climate change leadership is then defined, with focus on leadership, communication, cooperation and organisation for a sustainable development and stabilised climate. The discussion is then problematised further by a number of overarching perspectives within political philosophy, ethics, equity, international agreements, conflicts, conflict solution, the matter of responsibility and ecological debt. The course closes with a number of applied case studies based on different contemporary and future scenarios as for example biofuels and rising food prices; disaster management and different methods for climate adaptation; infrastructure and restructuring of society; future conflicts and cooperations.
The teaching consists of lectures, seminars and workshops. The lectures are given by guest lecturers from different academic disciplines and other relevant societal sectors. The teaching method is based on active student participation and critical thinking.
The student is examined through written assignments before and active participation in seminars (8 credits) and at the end of the course through written and oral presentation of a larger project work (7 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.
Digital course reader
A digital course reader will be provided by the course coordinators and will encompass about 2-3 recommended articles per week relating to the current themes.
Lieberman, Benjamin A.;
Climate change in human history : prehistory to the present
London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018
Martusewicz, Rebecca A.;
EcoJustice education : toward diverse, democratic, and sustainable communities
Second edition.: New York: Routledge, 2015.
Stoknes, Per Espen.
What we think about when we try not to think about global warming : toward a new psychology of climate action
White River Junction, Vermont: Chelsea Green Publishing, 
Reading list revisions
- Latest reading list (applies from Spring 2019)
- Previous reading list (applies from Autumn 2016)