Climate Change Leadership in Practice, 30 credits


Autumn 2017 weeks 35-02 (28 august – 14 january) – 100% – Campus


Application Deadline: 2017-04-18
Enrolment Code: UU-19516
Language of Instruction: English
Location: Uppsala
Selection: Higher education 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 65000
Tuition fee, total: SEK 65000

About the course


CCLIPWhat would a climate change leadership in practice look in different contexts and places in the world? How can you as a student initiate and lead processes that mitigates emissions and adapts societies to a changing climate?

The course starts with an intense first part in Uppsala where specially invited guest teachers and the Zennström visiting professor in Climate Change Leadership at Uppsala University, combined with interactive workshops, gives you a background on the complexity of the issues as well as inspiration for what you can work on during the course. The ideas and experiences you bring to the course are also very important in the process. During the end of this intensive start-up you choose, individually or in a group, a practical thematic area you want to work on, in Uppsala, Sweden or internationally. The main part of the course focuses on the actual work with your chosen area combined reports back ‘home’ and discussions with other students, teachers and coordinators at CEMUS (in Uppsala and online). The course ends with a creative summary of the work you have done, communicated at CEMUS Sustainability Festival mid-December in Uppsala.

Take the chance and devote a full semester to learning more about climate change leadership and work for a better world!


Course info 2017

Syllabus & course info

Archive

2016

Schedule

Literature


Three elective books that you suggest connected to your work after the first three weeks is also part of the required reading.

Alvesson, Mats, Blom, Martin & Sveningsson, Stefan (2017). Reflexive leadership: organising in an imperfect world. London: SAGE.
Hällström, Niclas (ed) (2012). What Next Volume III: Climate, Development and Equity. Uppsala: Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and What Next Forum.

Available online: www.whatnext.org
Dunlap, Riley E. & Brulle, Robert J. (eds) (2015). Climate change and society: sociological perspectives. New York: Oxford University Press.

Available online Uppsala University: www.ub.uu.se

Ghosh, Amitav (2016). The great derangement: climate change and the unthinkable. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

Examination

1. Written assignments and preparation before seminars and workshops (including 75% attendance lectures/sessions) 3 credits, and active participation in seminars and workshops 2 credits (first three weeks). [PASS/FAIL]
2. Journalistic report backs during work on climate change 5 credits. [PASS/FAIL]
3. Written and oral presentation of a larger project work 20 credits. [FAIL-3-4-5]

Reading instructions, video, audio and resources


Welcome to Climate Change Leadership in Practice autumn 2017!

To all admitted students – from welcome letter 2017-08-07

… we are left with a stark choice: allow climate disruption to change everything about our world, or change pretty much everything about our economy to avoid that fate. But we need to be very clear: because of our decades of collective denial, no gradual, incremental options are now available to us.

– Naomi Klein, March 8, 2015, “How will everything change under climate change”

In a free society, the individual has the educational equipment, as well as the economic and political occasion, to cross the frontier between the activities that take the framework for granted and those that bring it into question. He has been educated in a way that enables the mind as imagination to become ascendant over the mind as machine. He has learned to philosophize by acting, in the sense that he recognizes in every project the seed of some great or small reformation.

– Roberto Unger, 2014 p. 295, “The Religion of the Future”

Good organizing, including acts of leadership, is very much a matter of finding the version that works in a particular context, with a specific group of people … and for a specific problem. Many treat matters as if there is an objective situation calling for an objective response.

– Alvesson, Blom, Svenningsson, 2017 p. 216, “Reflexive Leadership: Organising in an imperfect world”

This course aims to bring together the best of an intensive, challenging learning process the first three weeks of the semester with real, practical work on climate change September to December. As the quotes above point to, there is so much work that is needed, but these efforts needs to be informed and be part of an ongoing critical discussion of what is actually working, and what is not.

The course description summarizes the course outline and process:

The course starts with an intense first part in Uppsala where specially invited guest teachers and the Zennström visiting professor in Climate Change Leadership at Uppsala University, combined with interactive workshops, gives you a background on the complexity of the issues as well as inspiration for what you can work on during the course. The ideas and experiences you bring to the course are also very important in the process. During the end of this intensive start-up you choose, individually or in a group, a practical thematic area you want to work on, in Uppsala, Sweden or internationally. The main part of the course focuses on the actual work with your chosen area combined reports back ‘home’ and discussions with other students, teachers and coordinators at CEMUS (in Uppsala and online). The course ends with a creative summary of the work you have done, communicated at CEMUS Sustainability Festival mid-December in Uppsala.

The question that was the starting point for developing the course was – what could 20 students working full time on climate change achieve with their total of 800 hours per student per semester do? That is almost the equivalent of one person working around the clock for two years (667 days and nights in total to be exact). I strongly encourage you to study and work hard during the semester, to make good use of the time, to be open to new ideas, use your imagination, and have fun.

We have worked hard to create the best course possible, and it will hopefully open up new understandings and new methods of working on the issues. In the words of the first visiting professor in climate change leadership, Doreen Stabinsky, this is very much: “… a space to think and dream differently”.

 

Daniel Mossberg

Course Coordinator CCLIP and Director of Studies CEMUS