Actors and Strategies for Change: Towards Global Sustainabilities


About the course

ASC2016-smallWith 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.

Spring 2017 weeks 03-22 (16 january – 4 june) – evening – 25% – Campus

Application Deadline: 2016-10-17

Enrolment Code: UU-69509 Application

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.

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, total: SEK 16250


Welcome to Actors and Strategies for Change spring 2017!

On this page you will find updated information about the schedule, course readings, examination and other information that might be necessary. We will also post information about social events like the ASC movie nights, dinners and open lectures. You will also be able to find videos and interesting links that we stumble upon as the course progresses. Make sure to check this page regularly!

All the best

Lisa & Angelica, course coordinators

lisa.plattner@csduppsala.uu.se // angelica.halvarsson@csduppsala.uu.se // asc@csduppsala.uu.se

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The semester in pictures: ASC Spring 2017

Schedule 2017

Schedule, Spring 2017

Actors and Strategies for Change: Towards Global Sustainabilities

CEMUS Education/ Uppsala Centre for Sustainable Development

Lisa Plattner & Angelica Halvarsson

 

MODULE I: Understanding sustainability – what are we working towards?
Mon 16 Jan

Week 3

17.15 – 18.00

 

Course Registration/Roll-call – Obligatory Attendance-

Course Coordinators

Course Introduction

Brusewitz lecture hall, Östra Ågatan 19, Uppsala

Mon 16 Jan

Week 3

18.15 – 20.00

CEMUS Opening Lecture 2017 – “25 years of changing the world” with Bengt Gustafsson

Brusewitz lecture hall, Östra Ågatan 19, Uppsala

Mon 23 Jan

Week 4

17.15 – 20.00

24:K104, Blåsenhus

Lecture 1 – Frameworks for sustainability: How do we find our direction?

Part 1 (Introduction): Media Training

Part 2 (Guest lecture): Alan AtKisson (author, musician, sustainability consultant)

*The room is located down the large staircase in Blåsenhus

Thurs 26 Jan

Week 4

15.15 – 17.00

Cemus Library

Project Café

An opportunity to come together around projects for sustainable development. Bring your own ideas and projects or just come and listen to (and get involved in) what’s going on this spring at CEMUS and beyond!

Mon 30 Jan

Week 5

17.15 – 20.00

12:004, Blåsenhus

Lecture 2 – Frameworks for sustainability: Inequalities

Part 1: Intro (discuss the literature and questions)

Part 2: Andrea Petitt (gender, intersectionality theory)

Mon 6 Feb

Week 6

17.15 – 20.00

12:004, Blåsenhus

Lecture 3 –  Frameworks for sustainability: Agriculture and food

Part 1: Intro (discuss the literature, formulate questions)

Part 2: Elin Röös (sustainable land use, impact of different foodstuffs on the environment)

Mon 13 Feb

Week 7

17.15 – 20.00

12:004, Blåsenhus

Frameworks for sustainability: LITERATURE SEMINAR

“Ways of Social Change” by Garth Massey

Course coordinators

-Obligatory attendance-

MODULE II: Actors and Strategies for Change, the global in focus
Mon 20 Feb

Week 8

17.15 – 20.00

12:004, Blåsenhus

Lecture 4 – Global communications

Part 1: Reflection on the literature and questions (ethos, pathos, logos)

Part 2: Greg Simons (mass media, propaganda)

Mon 27 Feb

Week 9

17.15 – 20.00

12:004, Blåsenhus

Lecture 5 – The task of communicating sustainability

Part 1: Environmental communication

Part 2: In-class project (on communicating sustainable development, utilizing ethical communication)

Mon 6 Mar

Week 10

17.15 – 20.00

12:004, Blåsenhus

Lecture 6 – Global hierarchies

Part 1: Reflection on the literature and questions

Part 2: Joakim Medin (author and freelance journalist)

Mon 13 Mar

Week 11

17.15 – 20.00

12:004, Blåsenhus

Lecture 7 – Instruments and mechanisms for a sustainable future

Part 1: outlining institutions from global scale

Part 2: SDGs, Paris Agreement (global agreements)

Course Coordinators

Mon 20 Mar

Week 12

17.15 – 20.00

24:K104, Blåsenhus

Lecture 8 – Scientific foundations of climate action

Part 1:  Georg Kaser (IPCC , interviewee! )

Part 2: Kevin Andersson (the fragility of spaceship earth)

24 Mar DEADLINE – 1st opinion article – upload on Studentportalen
MODULE III: Actors and Strategies for Change, the local in focus
Mon 27 Mar

Week 13

17.15 – 20.00

12:004,

Blåsenhus

Lecture 9 – Patterns of exploitation

Part 1: Case analysis & action plan

Part 2: Yuri Jonathan Huerta Silva (Junior Consultant at A Beautiful Soup)

Mon 3 Apr

Week 14

17.15 – 20.00

12:004, Blåsenhus

Lecture 10 – Agriculture in practice

Part 1: Reflection on the literature and questions

Part 2: Tim Öhlund (organic farming)

Mon 10 Apr

Week 15

17.15 – 20.00

12:004, Blåsenhus

Lecture 11 – a Sami perspective

Part 1: Rita Huber (owner of ‘Rita Bringt’s’, vegetarian catering start-up, AUT – follow up from lecture 10)

Part 2: Video showing of the Sami story

Mon 17 April

Week 16

Easter Monday – NO CLASS
Thu 20 April

Week 16

10.30 – 12.30

Newman Institute

Field Trip to Newman Institute with Andreas Carlgren

At the Newman Institute, Slottsgränd 6

Event in the afternoon:

13.30-16.00 Meeting with Bo Kjellén (former climate ambassador) and Anders Turesson (former climate chief negotiator)

Mon 24 April

Week 17

17.15 – 20.00

12:004, Blåsenhus

Lecture 12 – Sustainability Consulting

Part 1: Reflection on the literature and mobile quiz

Part 2: Announce the Change Project, get students into groups and begin brainstorming.

Students will be allocated into groups for Change Project.

Mon 1 May

Week 18

Holiday – NO CLASS During the week – Students meet during the week to brainstorm and produce idea outline for the start of the Change Project.
5 May DEADLINE – 2nd opinion article – upload on Studentportalen
MODULE IV: Taking a Lead in the Midst of Complexity
Mon 8 May

Week 19

17.15 – 20.00

12:004, Blåsenhus

Change Project: Start-up
Mon 15 May

Week 20

17.15 – 20.00

12:004, Blåsenhus

Change Project: Week of action

rehearsal of presentations

Thurs 18 May

Week 20

TBA

Presentation of Change Projects at the Sustainability Festival

-Obligatory attendance-

Mon 22 May

Week 21

17.15 – 20.00

12:004, Blåsenhus

Workshop on Civic Courage with Brian Palmer

-Obligatory attendance-

Sun 26 May DEADLINE – Project report (individual) – upload on Studentportalen
Mon 29 May

Week 22

Time TBA

Part 1: Personal wellbeing and awareness activity with Ida Lod

Part 2: Interview with Ida Lod

 

11/1-2017 Room Change

The room for the course registration is changed. We will meet Monday, January 16th at 17.15 in the Bruscewitz lecture hall, Östra Ågatan 19, Uppsala. This will be followed by the CEMUS Opening Lecture 2017 in the same room. We look forward to seeing you there! -Lisa and Angelica