Actors and Strategies for Change – Towards Global Sustainabilities

Actors and Strategies for Change – Towards Global Sustainabilities 2018

Spring 2018 weeks 03-22 (15 January – 3 June) – evening – 25% – Campus

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Application Deadline: 2017-10-16

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, or individually through and


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

Hej ASCers.

Here are a few items to delve into that Joakim touched upon in the class this week:

  • Sami Blood Trailer

Next week we have the honour of welcoming David Roxendal to the course. See you there!


Guy and Friedi


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.


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!

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!


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:

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

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 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