Syllabus for Climate Change Leadership in Practice

Klimatledarskap i praktiken


  • 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:
  • Revised: 2022-02-10
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2022
  • Entry requirements: 60 credits
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

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

  • account for climate variations over time, key climate science concepts and the most important conclusions of different research areas;
  • account for climate change and leadership from an environmental history perspective;
  • summarise and critically relate to different perspectives, central theories and concepts regarding climate change and leadership;
  • account for and problematise current issues, research and scientific debates within the climate change leadership field;
  • describe climate change and leadership from a justice, power and gender perspective;
  • identify, analyse and critically relate to power relations, ethical dilemmas and conflicts which may occur in the work within the field;
  • use various communicative strategies and methods regarding climate change and leadership;
  • design a practical specialisation within the climate change leadership field;
  • apply relevant methods and lead a work in the climate 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 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 (3 credits) and active participation in seminars and workshops (2 credits), continuous report back (5 credits), and through written documentation (18 credits) and oral presentation (2 credits) of a larger developed 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.

Other directives

The first four 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.

Active participation is reassessed through a re-seminar. If a student after having been offered a re-seminar still does not meet the requirements to pass the active participation elements the examiner can choose reassessment by another method.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2022

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

Group 1 - core literature

Required course books

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

    London: SAGE, 2017

    Find in the library


  • Wallace-Wells, David The uninhabitable earth : a story of the future

    [London]: Allen Lane, an imprint of Penguin Books, 2019

    Find in the library


  • Dunlap, Riley E.; Brulle, Robert J. Climate change and society : sociological perspectives

    New York: Oxford University Press, 2015

    Tillgänglig för användare inom Uppsala universitet

    Find in the library


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

    Chico: AK Press, 2017

    Find in the library


Other books

Students read 2-4 or these books

  • Kimmerer, Robin Wall Braiding sweetgrass : indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge and the teachings of plants

    First paperback edition: Minneapolis, Minnesota: Milkweed Editions, 2013

    Find in the library

  • Roy, Arundhati Azadi : freedom, fascism, fiction

    [London]: Penguin Books, 2020

    Find in the library

  • Akomolafe, Bayo These wilds beyond our fences : letters to my daughter on humanity's search for home

    Berkeley, California: North Atlantic Books, [2017]

    Find in the library

  • Johnson, Ayana Elizabeth; Wilkinson, Katharine Keeble All we can save : truth, courage, and solutions for the climate crisis

    First edition: New York: One World, 2020

    Find in the library

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

    Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2016.

    Find in the library

  • Jamail, Dahr The end of ice : bearing witness and finding meaning in the path of climate disruption

    Paperback edition: New York: The New Press, [2020]

    Find in the library

  • Dabiri, Emma What white people can do next : from allyship to coalition

    London: Penguin Books, 2021

    Find in the library

  • What kind of ancestor do you want to be? Hausdoerffer, John; Hecht, Brooke Parry; Nelson, Melissa K.; Cummings, Katherine Kassouf

    Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2021

    Find in the library

  • Hulme, Mike Contemporary climate change debates : a student primer

    Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2020

    Find in the library

  • Tsing, Anna Lowenhaupt The mushroom at the end of the world : on the possibility of life in capitalist ruins

    Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015

    Find in the library

  • Danowski, Déborah; Castro, Eduardo Batalha Viveiros de Nunes, Rodrigo The ends of the world

    Cambridge: Polity Press, 2016

    Find in the library

  • Wray, Britt Generation dread : finding purpose in an age of climate crisis

    Toronto: Knopf Canada, 2022

    Find in the library

  • Arts of living on a damaged planet Tsing, Anna Lowenhaupt; Swanson, Heather; Gan, Elaine; Bubandt, Nils

    Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, [2017]

    Find in the library

Course reader

  • Course Reader

    A course reader consisting of 3-4 texts, videos or other type of learning material per week. This will be avaliable through Studium.

    Find in the library


Reading list revisions

Last modified: 2022-04-26