Newmaninstitutet. Högskola för teologi, filosofi och kultur

teologi

Teologisk högskola i Uppsala

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Courses, Fall 2018

MODULE 1, 8/27–11/4

Environmental Destruction – So What?

Period: Module 1 (8/27–11/4)

Subject: Courses in English

We currently face several environmental problems, such as deforestation, climate change, pollution, mass extinction, ocean acidification, and desertification. However, we tend to disagree about what we should do about them. What should be done in answer to these problems? In order to answer this question, several ethical questions must first be answered:

  1. What is valuable in itself – only well-being or also other things, such as freedom or life in general?
  2. For whom should these values be revered – only for humans or also for non-human animals or maybe entire ecosystems?
  3. How is this to be done – through maximization or mere respect?

These are some of the questions that we will consider in this course. We will examine different ethical theories that try to answer them. Students will also learn how to apply these ethical theories to real-world environmental problems. In addition, the class will discuss how the tools that environmental ethics provides can be used to remove ideological obstacles in climate politics.

7,5 ECTS Credits

Uppsala

Instructor: Olle Torpman

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(Course open for application 3/15–4/16, 2018)

Swedish Environmental Policy and Praxis

Period: Module 1 (8/27–11/4)

Subject: Courses in English

This course will explore how the Swedish government has managed, and continues to manage, the use of the country’s natural resources. Student will examine a selection of issues, such as water treatment, forestry, farming, and energy policy. Students will discuss strengths as well as weaknesses of this management, as well as the role of different institutions and of the values and culture behind Swedish environmental policies. This course will focus on the role of government, local municipalities and different stakeholders, and investigate important policy tools, such as the Swedish environmental objectives system and the Swedish carbon tax. The course will include excursions and guest lectures by experts.

7,5 ECTS Credits

Uppsala

Instructor: Andreas Carlgren

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(Course open for application 3/15–4/16, 2018)

International Climate Change Negotiations

Period: Module 2 (11/5–1/13)

Subject: Courses in English

Why are there such great difficulties in negotiating comprehensive international agreements that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions sufficiently? On the issue of climate change, what has happened globally? How have countries’ positions changed over time and why? During this course we will follow the developments of climate change negotiations in recent times. Students will learn the history of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s work, in an attempt to understand the complexities of negotiation and implementation. The course will examine aspects of climate justice and global equity and investigate the interaction between political process and scientific research.

7,5 ECTS Credits

Uppsala

Instructor: Andreas Carlgren

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(Course open for application 3/15–4/16, 2018)

Sustainable Democracies

Period: Module 2 (11/5–1/13)

Subject: Philosophy, Courses in English

Democracy means rule by the people and a central trait of democracies is majoritarian decision making. May a minority, nonetheless, be allowed to prevent the majority’s will? Should long-term interests sometimes overrun the will of the people? This course places a normative lens on the challenges that democracies face with regard to respecting ethnic minorities as well as securing a sustainable environment. The course consists of the following three parts:Democratic concepts and different normative models of democracy

  1. Democratic concepts and different normative models of democracy
  2. Minority concerns as a challenge for democratic systems, including discussions of principals alternative to majority rule, based, for example, on the idea for human rights
  3. The challenge of safeguarding the environment in a democracy, including different ways of processing environmental issues, such as introducing new rights, setting up new institutions, or promoting civic engagement

7,5 ECTS Credits
Uppsala

Instructor: Jasmina Nedevska Törnqvist

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(Course open for application 3/15–4/16, 2018)

Theology and Film

Period: Module 2 (11/5–1/13)

Subject: Theology, Courses in English

This course is for those who wish to study and critically analyze modern film and the significance of religious, ethical, philosophical, and other ideas in these cultural expressions. The course utilizes an interplay between analysis in cinema studies and theology. Students will consider popular films and artistic films, with sequences from current films introduced and analyzed during the course. Course participants will practice their ability to report on and analyze film content, as well as to discern and discuss their religious views and worldviews.

7,5 ECTS Credits

50% Distance, 50% Campus/Off Campus Meetings, Uppsala

Instructor: Philip Geister

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(Course open for application 3/15–4/16, 2018)

Courses, Spring 2019

To be announced…