Syllabus for Climate Change Leadership in Practice

Klimatledarskap i praktiken

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 30 credits
  • Course code: 1MV078
  • 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
  • Entry requirements:

    60 credits

  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • summarise and critically relate to different perspectives, central theories and concepts within the climate change leadership field;
  • discuss and problematise current issues and research within the climate change leadership field;
  • identify, analyse and critically relate to power relations, ethical dilemmas and conflicts within the climate change leadership field;
  • design a practical specialisation within the climate change leadership field;
  • apply relevant methods during work within the climate change leadership field;
  • author an interdisciplinary text within the climate change leadership field;
  • in an interdisciplinary and popular scientific manner communicate the results of work within the climate change leadership field.


The first part of the course gives a broad orientation and deals with a number of central concepts, theories and perspectives (climate change, leadership, psychology, anthropology, history, ethics, justice, power, gender) as well as current research in related fields. The main focus is on analysing the complexity of the questions, how the students can work with these questions in different contexts and how leadership can play a crucial role in the work for a sustainable development. Different methods and tools with relevance for the practical work are also introduced. The initial part is concluded with the students formulating and delimiting a practical specialisation within the field. The practical part of the course focuses on, in a local context, to lead and organise change work for mitigation, climate adaptation and/or other related work. A broad approach means that everything from more technically innovative solutions to organisational analytical studies to field work based specialisations is possible to choose. The work is done in close collaboration with local actors and contacts. The course is concluded with an interdisciplinary and popular scientific report back where the student's experiences and conclusions are discussed.


The teaching consists of lectures, seminars, workshops and supervision. 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 during the start period through written assignments before and active participation in seminars and workshops (5 credits), and continuous report back (5 credits), as well as at the end of the course through written and oral presentation of a larger project work (20 credits).

Other directives

The three first weeks of the course are given in Uppsala. The practical specialisation within the field is carried out in Uppsala, Sweden or internationally. Interdisciplinary and popular scientific communication of the practical work is done in the middle of December in Uppsala.

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Spring 2018

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Alvesson, Mats; Blom, Martin; Sveningsson, Stefan Reflexive leadership : organising in an imperfect world

    London: SAGE, 2017

    Find in the library


  • Garrigou, Anne-Sophie The Beam #6 May 2018 United people of climate action

    The Beam, 2018


  • Ghosh, Amitav The great derangement : climate change and the unthinkable

    Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2016.

    Find in the library


  • Hällström, Niclas What Next Volume III: Climate, Development and Equity

    Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and What Next Forum, 2012


  • Naomi Klein, The Battle For Paradise: Puerto Rico Takes on the Disaster Capitalists

    Haymarket Press, 2018

    Find in the library


  • One elective book (connected to your work after the first four weeks)

    Different publishers,


  • 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, [2015]

    Find in the library


Reading list revisions

Last modified: 2022-04-26