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Climate Change Solutions

The course brings up a suite of possible actions to counteract the causes of human-affected (anthropogenic) climate change. The driving forces and possibilities to mitigate climate-affecting emissions through political steering, technical solutions, socio-economic changes and in other areas will be discussed.

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MI2006 Climate Change Solutions: Bending the Curve is a faculty-bridging hybrid course at Stockholm Univ. (dev. in collab. with Univ California) 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.

The course Climate Change Solutions is a new 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), Philosophy, Economic History and International Relations, Archeology and Classical Studies, and English. The course is developed in close collaboration with the University of California system, where it was first launched. The course Climate Change Solutions targets actions and solutions to reach climate neutrality. The course 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 th 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
  • 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.

    Cheating and plagiarism

    Cheating of every kind is wholly unacceptable and Stockholm University takes this matter extremely seriously.

    By cheating is meant, for example, that students cooperate in an unauthorized way, use unauthorized resources or otherwise try to cheat in the 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:
    Guidelines for Disciplinary Matters at Stockholm University
    Your rights and responsibilities as a student
    Regulations for written seated examination

  • 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.

  • Contact

    Study counsellor

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

    Course coordinator

    Örjan Gustafsson,

    Department of Environmental Science