On the completion of the course the student should be able to:
from cross disciplinary perspective account for today's sustainability issues;
describe and evaluate different societal actors' strategies, scope for action and limitations in the pursuit of a sustainable society;
reason on individual/actor perspective versus structural/system perspectives on societial change;
thoroughly reflect on their own role in the causes and solutions of sustainability issues.
The course gives a broad orientation to the complex sustainability dilemma and highlights different approaches in the pursuit for change. In a multidisciplinary series of lectures with invited guest lecturers, the most serious environmental, development and sustainability challenges of today are discussed, as well as the strategies and scope of action of various actors to solve these problems. Concrete strategies for societal change, at a structural/societal level as well as from an individual perspective, are developed and discussed.
The teaching consists of lectures, seminars and workshops. The lectures are given by guest lecturers from various academic disciplines and relevant areas of society. Ample opportunities are provided for active student participation and critical reflection. Participation in seminars and workshops is compulsory. Non-compulsory study visits or equivalent may occur.
The student is examined through written preparation for (2 credits) and active participation in seminars and workshops (1.5 credits), and through written documentation (3.5 credits) and oral presentation (0.5 credits) of a project.
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.
An online compendium with 1-3 texts, videos, audio files and/or other learning material per week available at www.cemus.uu.se/asc
A course book of your choice from the list below
All students will select one book from a list of the following 8 books about actors, strategies,
and change. Read reviews of the books to inform your choice and think about how you could use your book in the course.
From what is to what if : unleashing the power of imagination to create the future we want
Our word is our weapon [electronic resource] : selected writings / Subcomandante Marcos ; edited by Juana Ponce de León ; foreword by José Saramago ; afterword by Ana Carrigan ; timeline by Tom Hansen and Enlace Civil [Elektronisk resurs]