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Here you can find the weekly readings that you need to prepare before each session. Please read and watch all the articles, book excerpts and videos that you can find under “Mandatory Reading/Watching”. Please keep the guiding questions for each week in mind when reading. Under “Non-Readling List”, you can find other material that you can dig into, if you are interested in the topic.
Sep 4: Introduction & Roll Call: What are (our) Sustainable Futures?
- What questions do you want answered by the end of the course?
- What are the most important global challenges we are facing today?
- What is the best thing an individual can do for sustainability?
CEMUS Education – Why and how are we trying to do education differently?
- Stoddard, Isak, Ingrid Rieser, Sara Andersson, and Eva Friman. 2012. “Igniting a Learning Revolution: Student-Run Higher Education for Sustainable Development.” Solutions 3 (5): 34–39.
What is a case study? We will be using cases during our course
- Herreid, Clyde Freeman. n.d. “What Makes a Good Case Study? Some Basic Rules of Good Storytelling Help Teachers Generate Student Excitement in the Classroom.” National Science Teachers Association 27 (3): 163–65.
- Herreid, Clyde Freeman. 2001. “The Case Study: Don’t! What Not to Do in Teaching Cases.” National Science Teachers Association 30 (5): 292–94.
Inspirations for 30 Day Challenge
- Mary Manning and South African Apartheid (article)
- 30 Actions, 30 Days #Confront Human Trafficking (website)
More about CEMUS
- Sanna Barrineau and Lakin Anderson (2018) Learning “betwixt and between”: Opportunities and challenges for student-driven partnership
- Hald, Matilda, ed. 2011. Transcending Boundaries: How CEMUS Is Changing How We Teach, Meet and Learn.
More inspirations for 30 Day Challenge
Sep 11: The Systems of Global Challenges: Sustainable Development and Planetary Boundaries
- How can we make sense of today’s global challenges and their complexities and interconnections?
- How do the Planetary Boundaries and Sustainable Development Goals guide current and future understandings of and actions in the world?
- Planetary Boundaries Research
- The nine planetary boundaries
- Planetary Boundaries – an update
- What is resilience?
- About Sustainable Development Goals (Here you could look up summary reports on the success/status of the goals that have been raised in the High Level Political Forum, in 2016 and 2017, under inputs and background documents)
- Meadows, Donella H. 1999. “Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System.” The Sustainability Institute
- Transformations to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals: Report prepared by The World in 2050 initiative
Sep 18: How we make sense of the world
- How do ethics and values influence our relationship to the world?
- How should we make decisions?
- Nelson, Michael P. 2012. “Introduction to Environmental Ethics.” In Ethics for a Small Planet : A Communications Handbook on the Ethical and Theological Reasons for Protecting Biodiversity, edited by Biodiversity Project, 41–53. University of Wisconsin Press.
For reflections for the 30 Day Challenge
- Wright, Erik Olin. 2010. “Introduction: Why Real Utopias?” In Envisioning Real Utopias, 11–17. London and New York: Verso.
- Case Report: Ombudsman and Future Generations in Hungary
- Case Literature: The Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations of Hungary and his Impact – Ambrusne 2010
Sep 25: Workshop 1- Collapse of the Western Civilisation
Collapse of the Western Civilisation
- What are the main reasons that humanity couldn’t prevent what happened, according to the book?
- Reflect on the differences and similarities to today, what are your perspectives on why there is no action today?
- Bring a quote from the book, a scene that sticks with you, or a discussion question that you would like to share and discuss in class.
In this session we will also be discussing the content of the course. Bring:
- Burning questions that you want to discuss in relation to lectures, literature, and activities we have had so far
- Reflections from current news or global/local challenges from where you are from
- Comments, reflections and ideas about how you feel you want your learning to develop moving forward.
Sep 27*: Film screening- Economics (Student-led Session)
- Film Review: Economics
- Case Literature: Economic Growth and Sustainability.
Oct 2: Climate Change and the Future of Energy
- How can we reach a 1,5°/2° future?
- What are the wider implications of a fossil free future? (land-use, impact on food systems, resource extraction, transportation)
- Why do we do so little when we know so much?
- Watch from 5.40 – 26.00 (Approx 20 minutes):
- Anderson, K., Peters, G., 2016. The trouble with negative emissions. Reliance on negative-emission concepts locks in humankind’s carbon addiction. Science, 354:6309, pp. 182-183.
- IPCC, 2014. Summary for Policymakers. In: Climate Change 2014: Synthesis Report. Contribution of Working Groups I, II and III to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [Core Writing Team, R.K. Pachauri and L.A. Meyer (eds.)]. Geneva: IPCC. (Read only pages 1 – 10)
- Anderson, K & Broderick, J 2017, Natural gas and climate change. University of Manchester. (Read only summary pg 1 -5)
- UNEP. 2017. The Emissions Gap Report 2017: A UN Environment Synthesis Report. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Nairobi. (Pages 1 – 10)
Climate Change and the Future of Energy SLS Case Reports
- Alice Larkin, Jaise Kuriakose, Maria Sharmina & Kevin Anderson (2018) What if negative emission technologies fail at scale? Implications of the Paris Agreement for big emitting nations, Climate Policy, 18:6, 690-714
- The Truth about Negative Emissions – Global Carbon Project seminar at Royal Academy of Sciences in Stockholm (video)
- Planting Seeds So Something Bigger Might Emerge. The Paris Agreement & the Fight Against Climate Change – An interview with Kevin Anderson
- Culture and Climate Change (website)
- The Carbon Map. (Interactive Website. Watch the introduction video and play around.)
- UNDP ‘Climate and disaster resilience’ (website front page. Browse for cases)
Oct 9: Eating the Planet- The structures of Foods
- What are the environmental impacts of our food systems?
- How do we feed 9 billion sustainably? What will we be eating?
- How will climate change affect our ability to farm?
- Foley, Jonathan A., Navin Ramankutty, Kate A. Brauman, Emily S. Cassidy, James S. Gerber, Matt Johnston, Nathaniel D. Mueller, et al. 2011. “Solutions for a Cultivated Planet.” Nature 478 (7369): 337–42.
- Garnett, Tara, Tim Benton, Will Nicholson, and Jessica Finch. n.d. “Overview of Food System Challenges (Foodsource: Chapters).”
Reading related to Back to the Futures We Want assignment
Bennett, Elena M., Martin Solan, Reinette Biggs, Timon McPhearson, Albert V. Norström, Per Olsson, Laura Pereira, et al. 2016. “Bright Spots: Seeds of a Good Anthropocene.” Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 14 (8): 441–48.
Case Report and SLS Literature:
- Food Group Case Reports: Kampala and Detroit
- Legalising urban agriculture in Detroit, a contested way of planning for decline
- Urban Agriculture, Uganda
- World Economic Forum. Future of Food (interactive web tool. A tool to explore systemic relationships about food. Browse to understand how different aspects of the global food system(s) relate and interact. Requires a sign up for free
- Elks, Sonia. 2018. “By 2030 We Could Throw Away More than 2 Billion Tonnes of Food.” World Economic Forum.
- Wood, Johnny. 2018. “The global appetite for meat is growing, and it’s harming the planet.” World Economic Forum.
- Innovation with a Purpose: The role of technology innovation in accelerating food systems transformation. World Economic Forum.
- Haider, L. Jamila, and Wiebren J Boonstra. 2017. “Finding the Middle Ground: Social–Ecological Farming as a Solution to a Polarized Debate.” The Solutions Journal 8 (1): 36–38.
Oct 11*: Quiz- Health (Student-led Session)
Case Report and SLS Literature:
- Case Report: Impact of air pollution on physical health
- Importance of Healthy Life Style in Healthy living
- Reaping the Health Benefits of Tackling Environmental Change
Oct 16: Power, Inequality and Justice
- How are race, gender and class interlinked? How is sustainable development connected to these questions?
- How could we approach race, gender and class in the future?
- Who do we consider, when we talk about (sustainable) development, and who not?
- May-Britt Öhman, LAST MANUSCRIPT (2015) TechnoVisions of a Sámi cyborg: re-claiming Sámi body-, land- and waterscapes after a century of colonial exploitations in Sápmi, Ill-disciplined gender: Nature/Culture and Transgressive encounters, J. Bull and M. Fahlgren (eds.), Springer, 2016 (p.1-24; keep reading as further reading)
- Hudson, C., Rönnblom, M., 2008. The Woman-Made City. Feminist Utopia or Practical Possibility?. In: Denefle, S. (ed). Utopies féministes et expérimentations urbaines. Rennes: PUR, pp. 73-87.
Case Report and SLS Literature:
- Case Report
- Case 1- News article: Netherlands ordered to cut emissions by courts after 900 civilians sue government (The Telegraph)
- General news article about justice and people suing the government
- Another view on the case 1 → companies responsible?
- Case 2: News article about Iwahig Prison https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2015/10/life-philippines-prison-walls-151007074700822.html
- Research article about prison management in the Philippines. Not necessary to read Data/Method/Findings http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0032885516679366
- News article about the state of prisons in the Philippines http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-20/philippine-prisons-overflowing-as-war-on-drugs-intensifies/8959448
- Video about Iwahig Prison
- Related to SLS: Pursuing Reform Through Integrity Development in the Bureau of Corrections
- Ratcliff, A., 2017. Just 8 men own same wealth as half the world. Oxfam, 16 Jan.https://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/pressreleases/2017-01-16/just-8-men-own-same-wealth-half-world
- Tracking the battles for environmental justice: here are the world’s top 10 (June 4, 2018) https://theconversation.com/tracking-the-battles-for-environmental-justice-here-are-the-worlds-top-10-97616
Oct 23: Workshop 2- After Our 30 Days
Readings will be posted soon!