Climate Change Leadership – Power, Politics and Culture (distance)


Spring 2019 weeks 04-23 (late January – early June) – Mixed – 50% – Distance learning

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Application Deadline: 2018-10-15

Enrolment Code: UU-69507

Language of Instruction: English

Location: Flexible

Selection: Higher education credits (maximum 165 credits)

Entry Requirements: 60 credits

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 32500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 32500


Outline for distance course

The course starts with a course introduction and ends with final examination presentations in Uppsala, both weekend sessions (distance participation possible). Recorded lectures and films are viewed on the web. Participants then discuss these and course literature in groups, via an online forum or any physical location of their choice. Individual reflections will be written continuously during the different parts of the course. The course concludes with individually or collectively authored final paper. A computer and internet access is required to take part of the online material and to participate in the discussions. Course coordinators are contacted through email.

Number of meetings for distance course: 2


About the course

Climate change leadership is often mentioned in both news media and by politicians themselves, but what does it really entail? What kind of knowledge and skills define a climate change leader and how can they be learned? What kind of political, cultural and psychological resources are lacking in present initiatives?

This course discusses the fundamentals of an effective and functioning climate change leadership in a global perspective. Starting out from an analysis of how the climate has changed during the planet’s long geological history and how it plays a central role in the life of the biosphere, the course looks at why there is such a comparatively few effective responses to the issues we are facing. Then the societal and cultural effects of climate change are discussed, looking at how the use of fossil fuel has transformed modern societies and cultures and taking into account broader perspectives such as ethics, justice or gender. With the knowledge gained during the first part of the course, a framework for a working climate change leadership is critically looked at from a political, power and societal perspective.

The final part of the course is devoted to applying this framework in case studies, with the focus on both a global and local level, trying to identify different strategies for mitigation and adaptation in terms of a functioning climate change leadership.