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Climate Change Solutions

Climate Change Solutions: Bending the Curve is a faculty-bridging hybrid course at Stockholm University with focus on actions/solutions across fields and scales to reach climate neutrality – a sustainable society. It caters to students of all disciplines. This course contributes to meet the plea in the recent IPCC report.

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The course brings up a suite of possible actions to counteract the causes of human-affected (anthropogenic) climate change. You will discuss the driving forces and possibilities to mitigate climate-affecting emissions through political steering, technical solutions and socio-economical changes. The course is developed in close collaboration with the University of California, where it was first launched. The course targets actions and solutions to reach climate neutrality and covers:
•    The climate system and climate change
•    Natural science, socio-economic and political causes of the ongoing climate change
•    The effects of climate change on the earth system and on society from the perspectives of natural science, socio-economy and politics.
•    Local and global activities and solutions to reach a climate neutral and sustainable society and analyses of both positive and negative co-effects of proposed activities
•    The responsibilities of the individual and of society for justice and equality in relation to environmental issues

The course Climate Change Solutions is a collaboration spanning across faculties, coordinated by the department of Environmental Science, in close collaboration with other departments in the Bolin Centre for Climate Research such as the departments of Geological Sciences, Physical Geography, Meteorology, the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC, and others in BIG), and with equally contributing instructors from the Humanities and Social Sciences, including from departments of Political Science, Law, the Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES), Economic History and International Relations, Archeology and Classical Studies, and English. Analysis of various political activities to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and of political steering of the technological development toward a sustainable energy supply


  • Course structure

    The course Climate Change Solutions is scheduled to be on half-speed (7.5 hp over two periods) to facilitate taking this course in parallel with other course.

    Teaching format

    The learning activities include web-based lectures and exercises as well as campus-based seminars. This is thus a hybrid course where active learning through student-led activities in a “flipped classroom” format is a key ingredient. Participation in seminars is not compulsory. 


    Assessment takes place through written exams.


    Your rights and responsibilities

    Your rights and responsibilities as a student

  • 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.

    Relevant literature will be handed out.

  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Study counsellor

    Questions about admission, registration, schedule etc., 08-674 7339

    Course coordinator

    Örjan Gustafsson, 

    Department of Environmental Science