Climate Change Solutions, 7.5 credits

About this education

This course is open to students from all study areas at Stockholm University. The course is focusing on solutions over different scales to achieve climate neutrality. 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.

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

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 courses. The learning activities include web-based lectures and exercises as well as campus-based seminars. This is thus a hybrid course where active leaning through student-led activities in a “flipped classroom” format is a key ingredient. Participation in seminars is compulsory. Instruction and study material as well as examination is in English.

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