Actors and Strategies for Change – Towards Global Sustainabilities 2018
Spring 2018 weeks 03-22 (15 January – 3 June) – evening – 25% – Campus
Application Deadline: 2017-10-16
Enrolment Code: UU-69509
Language of Instruction: English
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or individually through email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedule & Course Info
- Welcome Letter
- Course Schedule (26.02.2018)
- Course Information Folder
- Grading Criteria
- How to Reference (Harvard System – Anglia Ruskin University)
- Language and Writing Support
- Support Services for all students and Special Pedagogical Support
- Examination Schedule
- Reading Groups Information
- Weekly Mission Information
- Individual Assignment Instructions
– Peer Review Info and Contacts
- Actors in Action
- Make-up tasks
– Literature Seminar
– Peer Review
- 15.01. Course Introduction
- 22.01. Sustainability is for everyone
- 29.01. Together for Change
- 05.02. Negotiating Compassion on the Global Stage
- 12.02. Civic Courage and Existential Risk in a Time of Uncertainty
- 19.02. The Role of Media and Free Speech in Social Change
- 26.02. Permaculture – Seeding a Grassroots Movement
- 05.03. The Turbulent Life of a Travelling Scientist
- 12.03. Debate Day
- 19.03. Artivism as a Tool for Change
- 26.03. Literature Seminar
- 09.04. Engineering Change from Within: Activism in the Workplace
- 16.04. Resistance – Being a Voice for the Voiceless
- Jan 15th: Course Introduction
- Jan 22nd: Alan AtKisson
- Jan 29th: Wanjiku Kaime Atterhög
- Feb 5th: Teresa Anderson
- Feb 12th: Brian Palmer
- Feb 19th: Joakim Medin
- Feb 26th: David Roxendal
- Mar 5th: Kevin Anderson
- Mar 12th: Debate
- Mar 19th: Lisa Farnström
- Mar 26th: Literature Seminar
- Apr 2nd: Public Holiday
- Apr 9th: Annika Skoglund
- Apr 16th: Karl Andreasson
- Apr 23rd: Karl-Henrik Robért
- Apr 30th: Public Holiday
- May 7th: Heidi Moksnes
- May 14th: Pelle Strindlund
- May 21st: Actors in Action Roleplay
- May 28th: Course Finale
Follow up: Karl Andreasson
Here you can find some further information on some of the discussion points from this week’s class with Karl.
- TED Talk on “The secret to effective nonviolent resistance”
- Celebs standing with Standing Rock Tribe
- The Spectrum of Allies & Pillars of Support
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
Here you can find some further information on some of the discussion points from this week’s class with Annika.
- The Conversation – in-depth analysis from academics and researchers
- Article – Rethinking Prefiguration: Alternatives, Micropolitics and Goals in Social Movements
- Marxism – The Philosophy of Praxis
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!
Guy & Friedi
Peer Review Week
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.
Guy and Friedi
Follow up: Literature Seminar
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!
Guy and Friedi
Follow up: Lisa Farnström – Artivism as a Tool for Change
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
Guy and Friedi
Follow up: Kevin Anderson – The Turbulent Life of a Travelling Scientist
Here are some of the topics that Kevin touched upon in last night’s discussion.
- Climate change exacerbating conflicts in Syria & Darfur
- Article relating right-wing populist movements in the EU and climate change displacement
- Shipping and aviation exempt from Kyoto Protocol and Paris Accord
- Jevons Paradox (rebound effect) in technology efficiency
- Slow Food Movement in Italy
- Leadership Lessons from a Dancing Dude
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!
Guy and Friedi
Follow up: David Roxendal – Permaculture: Seeding a Grassroots Movement
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!
Guy and Friedi
Follow up: Joakim Medin – The Role of Media and Free Speech in Social Change
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.
Guy and Friedi
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.
Guy and Friedi
Follow up: Brian Palmer – Civic Courage and Existential Risk in a Time of Uncertainty
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:
- The New Yorker contributions after 9/11, including Susan Sontag’s piece (scroll down), contemplating on the courage of the terrorists
- Brian’s video on giving up privilege that was part of the MOOC in Climate Change Leadership put together by CEMUS
- James Wood – How Fiction Works, mentioned by Brian in the context of storytelling,
- Keeping Faith with the Future by Elaine Scarry (also available as audio), who recently received an honorary doctorate from Uppsala University, on existential risk and nuclear weapons
- In that regard also The Center for the Study of Existential Risk and the Future of Life Institute at Cambridge and the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford
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!
Guy and Friedi
Follow up: Teresa Anderson – Negotiating compassion on the global stage
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:
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!
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!
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:
- SDG Accelerator, which he actually showed us before class already
- Limits to Growth (1972) and the follow up 2052 (2012), both of which can be found in the CEMUS library if you’re interested
- Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century (2013), the book that was too big too read but got everyone talking anyway
- Speaking about eating papaya and mangoes in winter and in relation to the issue of food waste, if you’re interested in dumpster diving in Uppsala there is a Facebook group you can join to help you get started and you can also download the Karma food app to cheaply purchase meals that would otherwise get thrown out
- Alan’s Twitter feed
- The Ecology of Commerce (2002) that supposedly inspired Ray Anderson, CEO of Interface, to act more sustainably in their carpet business
- The big push transforming the world’s energy systems – Alan’s most recent article from the Greenbiz blog, just published today!
- Trine, if you want to invest in solar
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!
Guy and Friedi
After Class Social
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 email@example.com 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!
Guy and Friedi