Actors and Strategies for Change – Towards Global Sustainabilities


Spring 2019 weeks 04-23 (late January – early June) – evening – 25 % – Campus

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Application Deadline: 2018-10-15

Enrolment Code: UU-69509

Language of Instruction: English

Location: Uppsala

Selection: Final school grades (67%) – Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (33%)

Entry Requirements: General entry requirements

Fees: If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application or tuition fees. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Read more about fees.

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 16250

Tuition fee, total: SEK 16250


About the course

With a growing number of unsustainable environmental, economic and social trends, how can different actors work for sustainable alternatives? How can we develop capacities, strategies and tactics that achieve lasting and real changes in the local and global world?

To achieve a more vibrant and participatory sustainable development there is a need for great changes, both on the systemic and individual level. These changes can take the form of fast-moving revolutions, but can also be more reformist initiatives as social entrepreneurship in businesses or taking part in local politics. In the course different actors and their strategies for change, globally and locally, are critiqued and analysed through discussions with guest lecturers and in workshops with fellow students. In the last part of the course students work on a concrete change project, which builds on the discussions and insights gained during the first part of the course.


Welcome to Actors and Strategies for Change, Spring 2018!

Here you will find the latest information related to the course ‘Actors and Strategies for Change – Towards Global Sustainabilities’ 2018. Please keep checking this course portal for the latest updates, and if you have any questions, contact the Course Coordinators, Guy Finkill and Friederike May, at asc@csduppsala.uu.se, or individually through guy.finkill@cemus.uu.se and friederike.may@cemus.uu.se.

 


Follow up: The last Hooray

This is it, the end of ASC for this year (almost)! Thanks for being a good bunch of people to hang out with on Monday evenings, we hope you got as much out of this semester as we did.

Now, if you’ve missed the final session, we’re asking you to complete the course evaluation at home and send us a screenshot of the completion confirmation instead of a make up task.

Also don’t forget that next Sunday we have the final deadline for Assignment 1, Part 2, which will go the an external examiner for final grading. Since some people have asked about this: DO NOT WRITE IN THE SAME DOCUMENT AS PART 1!! The examiner will first read your part 1, then the feedback and then part 2. So it’s essential to keep this separate.

Any other make up tasks you might still have open are due on the same day if you need to get your grade before the summer. If you have any questions regarding that or other issues, just pop us an email.

Other than that we wish you all the best for you futures, take good care of yourself and each other and then hopefully we’ll see you all around again some time, some place. :)

Best,
Guy and Friedi


Follow up: Actors in Action Roleplay

Great job ASCers, an evening filled with insightful discussion about some very interesting topics.

We look forward to seeing you all at the Sustainability Festival. We are at Engelsla Parken in room 2-0076 (should be on the ground floor of Hus 2). We will be there from 13:15-16:15. As per the assignment instructions we will be analysing the discussions.

“Your peer group will be in charge of showing 2-4 different key points in the video (note down the timings of the excerpts) and presenting your analysis on why those were important points in the discussion, engaging with the role play group, the whole class and other attendees. The point here is to critically analyse the roleplay and showcase how often small statements can lead to a discussion taking a different turn, playing ‘what if’. Each peer group will have 20 minutes for this part, out of which only a third (maximum) should be devoted to screening the particular parts of the roleplay.”

If you can’t come, send us and your group an email with 200-300 words to use for discussion BEFORE Friday.

Remember the discussion that you’re supposed to review. You can find your videos here:

Black Lives Matter will review Cobalt Mine (Part 1 / Part 2)
Cobalt Mine will review Ende Gelände (Part 1 / Part 2)
Ende Gelände will review Fisheries Overexploitation (Part 1 / Part 2)
Fisheries Overexploitation will review Gender Pay Gap (Part 1 / Part 2)
Gender Pay Gap will review Gun Control (Part 1 / Part 2)
Gun Control will review Monsanto (Part 1 / Part 2)
Monsanto will review Tabajos River Basin (Part 1 / Part 2)
Tabajos River Basin will review Black Lives Matter (Part 1 / Part 2)

Don’t worry, the videos are unlisted so they should only be available to people with the link.

On Monday, there will be the course finale and evaluation – bring computer or smartphone for this. After the course finale there will be a celebratory BBQ at CEMUS if the weather permits (BYOB/F). If the weather is crap, we can go to a nation instead!

See you at the festival!

Best,

Guy and Friedi

Follow up: Pelle Strindlund

Hej ASCers,

Here are some links to some of the things that Pelle mentioned in this week’s class.

The Sexual Politics of Meat by Carol Adams

L214 releasing footage of slaughterhouse procedures causes a stir in France.

See you next week at Kollabatoriet.

Best,

Guy and Friedi

Follow up: Heidi Moksnes

Hej ASCers,

Here is some more information about the World Social Forum that Heidi touched upon in this week’s class.

Next week we have Pelle Strindlund visiting us. He will be our last guest speaker of the course so make sure you don’t miss out.

Don’t forget the deadline for the group assignment is on this Sunday.

Best,

Guy and Friedi


Follow up: Karl Andreasson

Hej ASCers,

Here you can find some further information on some of the discussion points from this week’s class with Karl.

Remember to team up with your groups for the 2nd assignment. Instructions can be found above in this page.

Next we have Karl-Henrik Robért that will talk to us about Ethical Frameworks – Interdisciplinary Tools for Systemic Change.

Best, Guy and Friedi


Follow up: Annika Skoglund

Hej ASCers,

Here you can find some further information on some of the discussion points from this week’s class with Annika.

Remember the deadline for individual assignment 1 is this coming Sunday (15/04/18)

See you next week when we’ll be welcoming Karl Andreasson to class!

Best,

Guy & Friedi


Peer Review Week

Hej ASCers,

hope you’re all enjoying the late Easter holidays! And good job by most of you handing in fairly complete assignments already! We hope the peer review process is going well and in full swing. Again, just a reminder (full outline below), you’re all required to take part in the peer review process, so if you have not submitted a draft and/or are not reviewing TWO peer papers, there will be a make up task. So if you have not received two assignments, let us know ASAP so we can supply you with a substitute (especially if you can’t reach your peer by yourself). In your feedback, really try to be as constructive with each other as possible, always while commenting on the text, not the author. Upload reviews by Friday and send to your peers. If anything is unclear: get in touch with us!

Next Monday we will continue the lecture series with Annika Skoglund, talking about activism in the workplace. All readings are up and Padlets good to go, so make sure to get in your questions in by Friday. Also by Friday it’s your last chance to sign up for a group for the next assignment (on SP)! They are filling up quickly, so make sure to do it sooner rather than later.

Best,
Guy and Friedi


Follow up: Literature Seminar

Hej ASCers,

Here are the photos of your discussion notes from the class:

hope you enjoyed the literature seminar today! In case you’ve missed it, instructions for the make up task can be found above. Since we’re not going to see each other next week, some reminders about upcoming assignments (it can all be found under the assignments instructions tab above, so make sure to read through documents carefully – they’re neatly done *wink*):

  • The draft deadline is on Sunday, April 1st. Find peer reviewers and contact information in the document above under ‘Assignment Instructions’. Email to peer reviewers AND upload on SP. Even if you don’t have 1200 words, try to hand in a rough outline at least so there isn’t too much chaos allocating new peer reviewers.
  • You all are required to give feedback to two peers by Friday, April 6th. If you have not received two assignments by Monday, contact us and let us know whose assignment you’re missing and we’ll send you another one. Send feedback back to the author AND upload on SP. You then have until Sunday, April 15th to finalise your assignment and upload it on SP (plagiarism checked).
  • There are notes on how to give feedback in the assignment instructions, so make sure to follow that. You should take both formal requirements into account, as well as comments on the text and how it can be improvement. Constructive feedback is key!
  • For the upcoming group assignment Actors in Action you’ll be working in groups of six on a specific scenario. These scenarios are briefly outlined at the end of the instructions (file also uploaded above). By Friday, April 6th, sign up to the scenario of your choice on Studentportalen. First-come-first-serve basis.

We’ll meet again on April 9th, with Annika Skoglund talking about activism in the workplace, so make sure to get your Padlet contributions in as usual again. Until then, happy Easter!

Best,
Guy and Friedi


Follow up: Lisa Farnström – Artivism as a Tool for Change

Hej ASCers,

Here are some of the topics that Lisa talked about in last night’s class.

You should all be progressing with your individual assignments. Any questions, just pop us an email.

Thanks for all the reading group submissions.

Next week, lit seminar – find instructions and padlet in the normal place.

See you next week

Best,

Guy and Friedi


Follow up: Kevin Anderson – The Turbulent Life of a Travelling Scientist

Hej ASCers,

Here are some of the topics that Kevin touched upon in last night’s discussion.

Next week we have the debate. It is imperative that you turn up on time as we will be organising debate teams and preparing in a short time-frame. If you turn up late, it will unfortunately be counted as an absence.

Thanks to all the groups that have submitted their reading group assignment, see you next week!

Best,

Guy and Friedi


Follow up: David Roxendal – Permaculture: Seeding a Grassroots Movement

Hej ASCers,

as pointed out yesterday, there have been a few changes in the schedule. First off, we have Kevin Anderson next week instead of Sister Karin, and then a more interactive debate session the week after. Schedule and readings are updated. Secondly, we have two more guests confirmed towards the end of the course and only one TBA session left at this stage. Trying to get another woman to come in to equalise the gender-balance in guests at least a bit – and if you know of anyone that would be great don’t hesitate to let us know!

Regarding yesterday, here’s a few links to places that came up in the conversation with David:

  • List of links send from David after class
  • Tim (critically) mentioned the Global covillage Network, where he interned for a month
  • The book that inspired David in his early permaculture years: Joel Salatin – Everything I want to do is illegal
  • If you are interested in top soil, “the best retirement investment” as put by David:
  • Minimalism: the movie mentioned by Lucy
  • Mark Shepard on a Permaculture Podcast Episode 
  • Sweden’s first rescued food catering service, Rude Food Malmö, is worth checking out as well. Some of Friedi’s friends used them for the catering at their wedding and it was delicious! It seems like you can volunteer with them as well.
  • Want to grow some sprouts indoors and have a spare coke bottle? Pretty straightforward tutorial:
  • David’s documentary about The Summit Lighthouse cult he grew up in in the USA on
    his Youtube channel RoxProductions
  • Ridgedale Permaculture, Richard Perkins’ farm, the most advanced permaculture farm in Sweden according to David. They offer PDC training in case you are interested.
  • Oskar mentioned the book Abundance he is reading in another CEMUS course. Tagline: The Future is Better than you think.
  • Tamera – Peace Research and Education Center that Guy spoke to some of you about during the break.

See you next Monday with Kevin Anderson, always one of the most popular guests in any course!

Best,
Guy and Friedi


Follow up: Joakim Medin – The Role of Media and Free Speech in Social Change

Hej ASCers,

it’s been deleted but now it’s back, the follow up for Joakim:

Next week we have David Roxendal to talk about permaculture and sustainable farming.

Best,

Guy and Friedi 


Reminder

Hej ASCers,

Just a quick reminder that the questions for our speakers must be submitted by midnight of the Friday before the upcoming class. We are going to be stricter on this from now on so make sure you remember to submit your questions so not to fall behind on your overall attendance.

Best,

Guy and Friedi


Follow up: Brian Palmer – Civic Courage and Existential Risk in a Time of Uncertainty

Hej ASCers,

great job getting so many different questions in yesterday! Some useful links as usual of points brought up in the conversation:

  • Citizenfour (documentary) and Snowden (feature film) on Edward Snowden
  • Brian’s book 101 Historical heroes in Swedish: 101 historiska hjältar
  • Wikipedia page of Zaida Catalán, the politician and activist and Brian’s friend that got assassinated in the DRC almost a year ago
  • A quick and funny video introducing a lot of key words when it comes to the evolutionary perspective of altruism:

In other news, Tim has volunteered to be a student representative for the course in the CEMUS student organisation, we’ll keep you in the loop on what this means for the future and how he can best represent the class’s issues and concerns.

The instructions to the Individual assignment are already available. This 2-part assignment is a core element of the course and will form the basis of your final grade so make sure to check this out well in advance.

And lastly, if you are interested in taking on the role of a course coordinator yourself, CEMUS is currently recruiting for the autumn semester. The deadline is February 22nd, don’t hesitate to give it a shot, it’s a great learning experience!

Next week we’ll welcome Joakim Medin, Padlets are open and literature ready to be read, looking forward to seeing you again on Monday!

Best,
Guy and Friedi


Follow up: Teresa Anderson – Negotiating compassion on the global stage

Hej ASCers,

here is some follow-up information and links that are related to some of the topics that Teresa touched upon during the class.

Getting to grips with the Conference of the Parties:

Action Aid working towards quality and effective programmes through learning and adaptation

Climate Justice Now Website – A network of organisations and movements from across the globe committed to the fight for social, ecological and gender justice.

  • For those of you that need to resubmit your reading group summaries, please email us when you have done so as we don’t get automatically notified by studentportal unfortunately. Thanks!
  • Next week we have the inspirational former Harvard professor Brian Palmer, see you guys on Monday!

Best,

Guy and Friedi


Follow up: Wanjiku Kaime Atterhög – Together for Change

Hej ASCers, not much info to follow up on from Wanjiku – we hope you enjoyed having her as much as we did! Couple of reminders regarding upcoming deadlines and Padlets:

  • Most of you have been getting in tune with your contributions for the Padlets – nice!, but for those that haven’t remember that contributing to two Padlets per week is part of the attendance requirement of 75%. So make sure to prepare for each session accordingly. We will publish a make up task for those already approaching the red line of 6 missed Padlets (75% overall) next week. Deadline for Padlet 1 is always on the Friday before class, late contributions will not count from now on, so the guest has enough time to prepare.
  • You can follow up with your attendance on Studentportalen under the ‘Progress’ tab
  • We’ve had a lot more reserves and late registrations this year which has been messing a bit with the reading groups. We have just updated the reading groups so that everyone registered should be assigned to one now. Check which group you are in and contact information for group members on Studentportalen. If you joined a group late and they have already had their first meeting, do an individual contribution for this first deadline on Sunday, February 4th, as outlined in the instructions. Group 10, which is consisting solely of late admitted reserve students, we’re accepting a late submission by Sunday, February 11th.
  • Regarding the submission itself: it’s sufficient if one person per group uploads the assignment on Studentportalen. Make sure to follow all formal requirements listed in the instructions (incl. a list of attendees) and note that the submission will be checked for plagiarism.

You can find all instructions for assignments and literature and Padlets for each week above as usual, but if you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to shoot us an email.

Next Monday we’ll welcome Teresa Anderson as a guest!

Best,
Guy and Friedi


Follow up: Alan AtKisson – Sustainability is for everyone

Hej ASCers, great kick off to the course yesterday and nice hang with some of you at V-Dala afterwards! A couple of general reminders:

  • remember to contribute to both Padlets before class. Padlet 1 should be completed by Friday the latest, Padlet 2 by Monday (obviously the earlier the better since the guest actually will have time to look at it)
  • the 75% attendance minimum translates to three non-mandatory classes and six Padlet contributions you can miss, you can find an overview of your progress on Studentportalen
  • so far really good contributions to the Padlets, but feel free to interact even more with each others’ contributions, comment/like and reply to questions of others

Now, here’s a list of books/links that Alan mentioned throughout the session, that you might want to check out:

And if you were confused about the discount rate and want to geek out a bit more on that, here’s a nice video to get you started:

And as a final bonus: Alan’s song on the SDGs:

Next Monday we’ll welcome Wanjiku Kaime Atterhög as a guest!

Best,
Guy and Friedi


After Class Social

Hej ASCers,

nice seeing your contributions on the Padlets for Monday coming in! Make sure to get all the questions for Alan (Padlet 1) up by today – and when you sign up for an account make sure that we can identify your contribution by your name. Also this is just to remind you of our get together after class on Monday at V-Dala Nation. Let us know asap via asc@cemus.uu.se if you want to join, but don’t have a (temporary) nation card yet.

Don’t drown in the snow and have a happy weekend!

Best,
Guy and Friedi