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Global Climate and Environmental Change

The course deals with climate change on different time scales, including the underlying natural and anthropogenic causes of climate change, as well as their effects on the environment and society.

This advanced course aims to give deepened knowledge on long and short term climate changes and variability, the natural causes behind climate changes and their environmental consequences. Emphasis is put on both the analysis of current research results in relation to the present international climate politics and policies, and on the interactions between climate, environment and societal development.

The following topics are treated within the course:

  • Mechanisms behind climate changes
  • Methods for reconstruction of climate change
  • Climate and environmental changes during glacials and interglacials
  • The role of climate in societal development
  • Human influence on climate
  • The impact of climate changes on environment and society
  • Climate modelling and risk assessment
  • International climate/environmental politics

The course is part of the Master's Programme in Globalization, Environment and Social Change, but it can also be studied as an optional course within other programmes.

  • Course structure



    • Causes and Effects of Climate Change, 6 credits
    • Climate Change from a Societal Perspective, 3 credits
    • Project, 6 credits

    Teaching format

    The education consists of lectures, seminars, exercises and project work.


    For details see syllabus.

    Plagiarism and regulations for disciplinary matters

    As a student you must be conscientious about clearly accounting for the material used in the texts that are submitted for examination. To use another person’s expressions or ideas without stating the source is plagiarism. To translate and/or change some words in someone else’s text and present it as your own is also a form of plagiarism. Plagiarism is considered cheating and if discovered in an exam or paper, the exam or paper will be failed immediately and disciplinary measures may be taken.

    Any student who is caught cheating or disrupting academic activities may be suspended from lectures and exams for a period of up to six months. The Vice Chancellor or the Disciplinary Council decide whether the student is to be subject to any disciplinary measures. 

    Read more about the rules and regulations here: Governing documents relating to education.


    Stefan Wastegård

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Registration is normally done at the beginning of each semester. 

    Course coordinator

    Study counsellor, student office and other contacts