Climate Change Leadership – Power, Politics and Culture (distance)

Autumn 2021, 50%, Distance learning

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Start date: 30 August 2021

End date: 16 January 2022

Application Deadline: 15 April 2021

Enrolment Code: UU-19502 Application

Language of Instruction: English

Location: Uppsala

Selection: Higher education credits (maximum 165 credits)

Entry Requirements: 60 credits

Fees: If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application or tuition fees. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Read more about fees

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 32500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 32500

About the course

Climate change leadership is often mentioned in both news media and by politicians themselves, but what does it really entail? What kind of knowledge and skills define a climate change leader and how can they be learned? What kind of political, cultural and psychological resources are lacking in present initiatives?

This course discusses the fundamentals of an effective and functioning climate change leadership in a global perspective. Starting out from an analysis of how the climate has changed during the planet’s long geological history and how it plays a central role in the life of the biosphere, the course looks at why there is such a comparatively few effective responses to the issues we are facing. Then the societal and cultural effects of climate change are discussed, looking at how the use of fossil fuel has transformed modern societies and cultures and taking into account broader perspectives such as ethics, justice or gender. With the knowledge gained during the first part of the course, a framework for a working climate change leadership is critically looked at from a political, power and societal perspective.

The final part of the course is devoted to applying this framework in case studies, with the focus on both a global and local level, trying to identify different strategies for mitigation and adaptation in terms of a functioning climate change leadership.

Climate Change Leadership – Power, Politics and Culture (distance) 2021

Dear Student,

Welcome to Climate Change Leadership 2021!

Climate change leadership is often mentioned in both news media and by politicians themselves, but what does it really entail? What kind of knowledge and skills define a climate change leader and how can they be learned? We are very excited to have you with us and to explore these questions over the next four months.

Course start date & structure

The first class of the course will take place on the 15th of Septmeber from 15:00-17:00 in Hamberg, Geocentrum. (Click here for a map).  There will also be an opportunity to join this class online for anyone who is not able to attend physically, the zoom link will be released closer to the time. This will be the only in-person class, except for a final in-person meeting on the 13th of January from 13:00-15:00 which will be at the same location. Aside from this, all learning will be done online. However, you are welcome to meet up with your group and other people for the course if this is useful to learning or just nice to meet people and socialise! 


Welcome to an inspiring and intensive semester at CEMUS! We are very excited to have you with us. Below you have the most important information about the course. Please read through the material and contact us if you have any questions. See you at the start of the semester!

Ash Farber 
Course Coordinator,
Daniel Mossberg
Course Resource Person CCL-Distance, CEMUS

Course info Autumn 2021


The reading for the course consists of 6 mandatory books and an online course reader, texts, videos, audio linked below per course part. All material is available from the Uppsala University Library and Online.


Parenti, C., (2011). Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence. Nation Books HERE


Squarzoni, P., (2014). Climate Changed: A Personal Journey through the Science. Abrams. HERE

Amitav Ghosh (2016) The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable HERE
Jenson, D., (2021) Bright Green Lies: How the Environmental Movement Lost Its Way and What We Can Do About It
Mitchell, T., (2011) Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil. Verso HERE
Klein, N., (2019) On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal. Penguin


Grint. K., (2010). Leadership: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press HERE



The examination as described in the syllabus consists of:

The student is examined through:

    • 1. written assignments before and active participation in seminars (8 credits)
    2. at the end of the course through written and oral presentation of a larger project work (7 credits).


The grade pass/fail is used for the first point for assignments and seminars. The Fail-3-4-5 grade used on the larger project work 7 credits and sets the grade for the full 15 credit course. Examination deadlines can be found in the examination schedule in the first column.