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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.


    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. 

    Student office
    Kerstin Hörnby

    Study counsellor
    Maria Damberg

    Course coordinator