Climate Change Leadership – Power, Politics and Culture (transitory distance education) – Weeks 17-23 Culture and CCL

Updated 2020-04-08 at 23:06 DM


… for every complex problem there’s a simple solution, and it’s wrong.

– Umberto Eco

… at every level the greatest obstacle to transforming the world is that we lack the clarity and imagination to conceive that it could be different.

– Roberto Unger

This is the Merriam-Webster definition of ‘culture’

1 a : the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group
also : the characteristic features of everyday existence (such as diversions or a way of life) shared by people in a place or time
b : the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or organization
c : the set of values, conventions, or social practices associated with a particular field, activity, or societal characteristic
d : the integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behavior that depends upon the capacity for learning and transmitting knowledge to succeeding generations

Learning outcomes week 17-23

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • critically review and analyse global power relations and apply an equity perspective on the climate change challenge;
  • analyse and evaluate different proposed solutions and their opportunities, limitations and risks within the climate field;
  • apply skills within leadership, cooperation, organisation and communication specifically connected to different contemporary and future scenarios within the climate field;
  • analyse and interpret different theories of leadership, cooperation, organisation and communication for a functioning climate change leadership.


Texts (click on bold title to access the text), videos, audio and visuals

Introducing Culture, Leadership, Solutions and Climate Change

Climate Change and Culture – Analyzing, Critiquing, Putting in Perspective

Climate Change, Economic Systems and Limits

Climate Change, Food and Agriculture

Climate Change, Indigenous Knowledge and Non-Western Perspectives

Briefing Note: Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and the 2030 Agenda
– OHCHR and the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, United Nations, 2017Including Indigenous Knowledge and Experience in IPCC Assessment Reports
– James D. Ford et. al., 2016

Climate Change, Art and Communication

Climate Change, Religion and Faith

Theories, analysis and examples of Climate Change Leadership, Cooperation, Organisation and Communication

Can democracies deal with climate change?
– Claus Leggewie and Harald Welzer, 2008, Eurozine

Further reading, watching, listening