Courses for Fall 2017
International Climate Change Negotiations (3 CR)
Why are there such great difficulties in negotiating comprehensive international agreements which 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 of this course will learn the history of the UNFCCC’s work, in an attempt to understand the complexities of negotiation and implementation. Aspects of climate justice and global equity will be studied. The interaction between political process and scientific research will also be investigated.
Swedish Environmental Policy and Praxis (3 CR)
How does the Swedish government work to create sustainable and ecological development in Sweden? In this course you will explore this question through discussions about various policy tools and by examining concrete examples of action. You will also learn about the role that the state government, local municipalities and business communities play.
Human and Social Development Within Planetary Boundaries (3 CR)
In this course you will visit both the Stockholm Environment Institute and the Stockholm Resilience Center, which will give you an understanding of the concepts within sustainability science. You will discuss pathways for ensuring safe and just human development for present and future generations, and see trends in human-caused global environmental changes. After having completed the course, you will be able to understand key concepts in global environmental change and their theoretical underpinnings.
Climate Change and Inequality (3 CR)
We live in a world that is struggling with the effects of climate change, primarily caused by human activity and emissions of carbon dioxide. Climate change is a menace to entire ecosystems. It is also a threat to the health and well being of local communities and has the potential to make large areas of the earth uninhabitable. The changing climate affects us all.
The purpose of this course is to give the students an understanding of the unequal capacity of “developed” and “developing” countries to deal with the effects of climate change, and the causes of this situation. During the course we will also discuss and analyze the power relations between the “developed” and “developing” countries, and the mobilization of actors (governments, NGOs etc.) who work for a radical reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and simultanously defend the interests of the “developing” countries.
Natural Law in Moral and Political Thought (3 CR)
Natural law ethics is introduced as a current within moral and political philosophy, in a historical, comparative and applied perspective. Initially, the origins of the natural law tradition are studied in the ethics of Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas. The emphasis is on recent natural law theory and its areas of application in contemporary moral and political thought. The student is given the opportunity to apply theory independently, and discuss ethical problems within areas such as bioethics, social justice and the ethics of war and peace. The course also brings up alternative ethical traditions that question the idea of a natural law. Contradictions within and between ethical systems are discussed in order to enhance the student’s own capacity to evaluate and analyse moral and political arguments.