Course Literature GCSF 2018 – Part 1

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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?

Guiding Questions

  • 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?

Mandatory Reading/Watching:

CEMUS Education – Why and how are we trying to do education differently?

What is a case study? We will be using cases during our course

Inspirations for 30 Day Challenge

Non-Reading List
More about CEMUS

More inspirations for 30 Day Challenge

Sep 11: The Systems of Global Challenges: Sustainable Development and Planetary Boundaries

Guiding Questions

  • 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?

Mandatory Reading/Watching:

Non-Reading List



Sep 18: How we make sense of the world

Guiding Questions

  • How do ethics and values influence our relationship to the world?
  • How should we make decisions?

Mandatory Reading/Watching:

For reflections for the 30 Day Challenge


Non-Reading List

Sep 25: Workshop 1- Collapse of the Western Civilisation

Collapse of the Western Civilisation

Guiding Questions:

  • 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)

Oct 2: Climate Change and the Future of Energy

Guiding Questions

  • 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?

Mandatory Reading/Watching:

  • Watch from 5.40 – 26.00 (Approx 20 minutes):

Case Report:

Climate Change and the Future of Energy SLS Case Reports

SLS Literature

Non-Reading List:

Extra Tools:

Oct 9: Eating the Planet- The structures of Foods

Guiding Questions

  • 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?

Mandatory Reading/Watching

Reading related to Back to the Futures We Want assignment

Case Report and SLS Literature:


Non-Reading List

Oct 11*: Quiz- Health (Student-led Session)

Case Report and SLS Literature:

Oct 16: Power, Inequality and Justice

Guiding Questions

  • 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?

Mandatory Reading

Non-Reading List

Oct 23: Workshop 2- After Our 30 Days

Readings will be posted soon!