Course Literature ASC 2019

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Here you can find the weekly readings that we recommend you read/watch in order to prepare BEFORE we meet in class. You can read and watch all the articles, book excerpts and videos that you can find here and keep the guiding questions for each week in mind. You should think about the questions on your own, as they serve as the basis for discussions in your reading groups and in class. Under “Further Reading”, you can find other material that you can dig into, if you are interested in the topic.


We are still awaiting some additional readings to be set by guest lecturers, so please revise this page in the week preceding the lecture

January 21st: Course Introduction

Guiding Questions you should be able to answer to yourself after this session:
How does this course work? Have I read all the information provided in the welcome letter and course information document?
How can I obtain the course book(s)? Have I looked at the preliminary assignment titled “Why Change?”?

Suggested Reading/Watching:

January 28th: Seminar – Opportunities for Change

Guiding Questions you should be able to answer to yourself after this session:

Do I know how I will be examined and what I need to do weekly?

Code of Conduct:


February 4th: Theory of Change – Neil Powell

Guiding Questions you should be able to answer to yourself after this session:

How does Sustainable Development relate to achieving change? Which theories of change have shown to be the most effective?

Suggested Reading/Watching from Neil:

Water Security in Times of Climate Change and Intractability: Reconciling Conflict by Transforming Security Concerns into Equity Concerns

February 11th: Conceptual Seminar

Guiding Questions you should be able to answer to yourself after this session:

How do the different theories of change complement or contrast with each other? Which one do you think is the most realistic, and why?

Suggested Reading/Watching:

To follow up on what Neil discussed last week, have a look at this article: “Global Sustainability: The Challenge Ahead”

Articles on the Theories of Change that we discussed in today’s seminar:

and the three summaries from today’s class:

February 18th: Activism as a Tool for Change – Karl Andreasson


Suggested Reading/Watching:

All of the three below sections.

Beginning, Middle, End of the Ende.

More Reading/Watching:

Rethinking Civil Disobedience

Activism_O’Sullivan_Animal Activists, Civil Disobedience and Global Responses to Transnational Injustice

Domination and Disobedience

Follow-up from Karl’s lecture and discussion:

Here are some of the organisations that Karl Andreasson mentioned in today’s lecture:

Fossil Free Uppsala

Extinction Rebellion Uppsala

Climate Justice Program

Rethinking Economics Uppsala


Lecture by Kevin Anderson

February 25th: Can Cities be Sustainable? A Roadmap for Urban Planning – Robin Rushdi Al-Sálehi

Instructions for Class:

Bring in a photo that represents your home neighbourhood, here in Sweden or in your home country. (via photo/phone/computer). Can be a photo of anything that is outdoors in your neighbourhood. Here is one of Guy’s home neighbourhood for context:


Guiding Questions you should be able to answer to yourself after this session:

What agency do we have to make changes in the places where we live? What tools and knowledge do we need for transformative urban planning?

Suggested Reading/Watching:

Follow-up on lecture:

Interesting documentary called Bikes vs Cars that highlights a lot of issues with city infrastructure and transport. Should be viewable via an Uppsala University Library login.

Article on the large impact of the concrete industry.


March 4th: Role of Media and Free Speech in Social Change – Joakim Medin


Guiding Questions you should be able to answer to yourself after this session:

How can media be used as a tool for change, especially undercover and investigative journalism?

Suggested Reading/Watching:

“Welcome to Sin City” – pp. 39-64

Joakim’s website

1st Interview with Joakim on TV4 (Swedish only)

2nd Interview with Joakim on TV4 (Swedish only)

March 11th: Panel Discussion – Bottom-up vs Top-down? Power Struggles in the Quest for Change


Guiding Questions you should be able to answer to yourself after this session:

How do we address power inequalities when we push for change? How do we strike a balance between bottom-up and top-down, is there one possible?

Suggested Reading/Watching:

Inclusion without Influence

Dialogue, Activism, and Democratic Social Change

Sustainable entrepreneurship and sustainability innovation

Sustainability Leadership – Co-creating a Sustainable Future

Leadership for Sustainability, ASAP!

Collective Action On Business Integrity: A Practitioner’s Guide For Civil Society Organisations (skim-read)

Anti-Corruption Collective Action         

Any of the publications from the Basel Institute on Governance

March 18th: Together for Change – Empowering children and youth to overcome poverty, unemployment and crime – Wanjiku Kaime Atterhög


Guiding Questions:

Wanjiku would like to engage you in discussion on children and young people living in poverty and on the margins (in particular those who live and work on the streets and those caught up in the sex industry), from causes to intervening factors to sustainable solutions to make them citizens.

Suggested Reading/Watching:
The context in Africa comprises Wanjiku’s PhD thesis and the following two videos – one on the school in Uganda and one on the caregivers she has trained there (there are 13 similar groups globally)

Wanjiku Kaime Atterhög: From Children of the Garbage Bins to Citizens (make sure to understand the main points here)


The following website is also a source of good information on her work in Africa:

Policy paper: Towards a Comprehensive Definition of Sexual Exploitation Beyond the Context of Human Trafficking (Skim-read)

Understanding Demand for Sexual Services, Human Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation and Laws and Policies in SWEDEN: Summary Findings, Conclusions and Recommendations (Skim-read)

Appendix 1, Appendix 2, Appendix 3 (For further context)

March 25th: Adapting to Climate Change – Vane Aminga & Karolina Eklöw


Guiding Questions you should be able to answer to yourself after this session:

1. Climate change poses larger threats to developing countries, but countermeasures by all countries to abate climate change might mean slowed growth for countries that seek eventual “developed” status. With international instruments such as the Paris Accord, how ready are developing nations to bargain with developed countries on abatement(mitigation and adaptation) measures? What do you think needs to be done to streamline such negotiations?

2. To lessen the adverse effect of climate change on human societies, the key options are either to mitigate or adapt. Adaptation can be anything from favouring locally grown, resilient crops to large-scale resettlement carried out by authorities. For example, a community of thousands would be moved from a risk-prone area (such as a flood plain) to an urban environment. If you were to carry out a resettlement project, what do you think that you would need to consider to ensure a sustainable and safe process? Which aspects are to prioritise – and guarantee – to ensure a sustainable resettlement? What can be the downsides?

Suggested Reading/Watching:

What is climate change adaptation?

Climate Adaptation and Sustainable Development, pp.456-459

Action Plan on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience (skim-read)


April 1st: Artivism as a Tool for Change – Lisa Farnström & Paolo Zuccotti



Please surf this website, which is a collection of creative actions

Have a look at the different components:

•Tactics •Principles •Theories •Case Studies •Practitioners
Choose 3 tactics and 3 principles of your liking, make sure to be able to briefly explain them to the others.

Guiding Questions to consider before class:

Which stories do you think have or have had more impact to change society?
What moves you?
What makes you engaged?

April 8th: Food Consumption – A Question of Morality?

Suggested Reading/Watching:

Link to Tim’s website, the owner of the farm that we’re planning a field trip to.

April 15th: Civic Courage and Existential Risk in a Time of Uncertainty – Brian Palmer


Guiding Questions you should be able to answer to yourself after this session:

Suggested Reading/Watching: