Climate Change Leadership – Power, Politics and Culture

Spring 2019 weeks 04-23 (late January – early June) – day time – 50% – Campus

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Application Deadline: 2018-10-15

Enrolment Code: UU-69515

Language of Instruction: English

Location: Uppsala

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

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.

Spring 2018

Here you can find all the main information you need for the course. 

Course Information & Schedule


Useful information 2018:

Powerpoints from Lectures in Module 1:

Niclas Hällström Reflections on CCL

Cecilia Johansson Weather and climate

Bengt Gustafsson  The Big Picture – The roles of Academia and of our Hope

Laura Parducci Ecological Effects of Climate Change

Anneli Ekblom The influence of climate on human societies

Friedi May Climate Leadership Theories

                The Leaders we don’t see

                Leadership Notes

Hans Liljeström Systems Thinking

Mats Alvesson Reflexive Leadership

Ira Sundberg When we know so much, why is so little happening

Auli Niemi Carbon Capture and Storage

Field trip to Ångström   Environmental Impact studies

                                   Tidal Current Energy

                                  Wave Power as a Future Energy Source

                                    An Overview of Wind Energy

Bo Kjéllen Diplomacy and the United Nations

                Key points & documents 2017

Annkatrin Tritschoks Justice in Climate Negotiations

Impact Hub – Jesper Kjellerås, Another World is Happening

                    Kenneth Odwar, Business Model Canvas

  1. G1 – Seaweed Farm
  2. G2 – Bushwalking
  3. G3 – Recycle Pall
  4. G4 – Carbon Footprint

Fores – Erik Huss, Sustainable Business

Pierre Bois d’Enghien  Socfin: Policy for Responsible Management

Gina Cosentino Climate Change and Indigenous people

Tim Parrique The economics of climate change in 7 controversies

Cecilia’s weather websites from 17/01 lecture:

Or for precipitation:

Instructions for Final Project and Leadership Sessions

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001 Julia and Jacen                                                    008 Hunter and Åsa (and reference list)

002 Gabriella and Harrison                                          009 Dayoung and Amanda

003 Michael and Sophie                                              010 Alice, Maddy and Sjoerd

004 Josephine and Holly                                             011 Gregory and Oliver

005 Jessica and Emma                                               012 Nicole and Xipeng

006 Zubair, Sara and Olga                                          013 Polina and Vita

007 Alexia and Úrsula                                                014 Rhianna and Felicia


CCL Negotiations Roleplay – Position Papers

Russian Federation                                               G77

AOSIS                                                                    India

Norway                                                                  European Union

Saudi Arabia                                                          China

United Kingdom                                                    Japan

United States                                                        Brazil

Unofficial Get Together

Welcome to Climate Change Leadership 2018! For a little mingle/ get together/ test the nations we are meeting on Wednesday 24/01 at 17.00 in V-Dala nation. Let us know if you need some help with your nation card!

Movie Night

We are organising a voluntary film (and pizza) night. Information to be updated here and facebook!

Climate Anxiety Forum

Dealing with Climate Change can sometimes be difficult and depressing. It helps to talk to others and find ways to cope with these feelings. Biweekly meet ups on Tuesdays will be organised throughout the spring term. Talk to Laila after class if you would like to join in!