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Climate Change and Society


Climate change has become one of the defining social and environmental challenges of our time. In light of the public and political attention that the issue has gained, the need for informed and critical perspectives on this important topic is more urgent than ever.

The course provides an interdisciplinary and state-of-the-art perspective on climate change with a particular emphasis on its social, economic, political and cultural dimensions. As a student you will receive a close understanding of the intertwined social and biophysical dynamics of both drivers and impacts of climate change, and of the different solutions that are being proposed.

The course is structured around four key themes:

  1. Drivers and dynamics of climate change
  2. Politics and economics of reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  3. Adaptation and loss and damage
  4. Social narratives and imaginaries about climate change by different actor groups

The course also pursues a number of cross-cutting themes, for example on the unequal dimensions to both climate change responsibility and vulnerability, and a focus on questions of power for understanding the obstacles to, and opportunities for, climate action.

Literature list

Literature list, established 2020-06-11 PDF (517 kB)

Who Can Apply and Application

The course is open for everyone, students as well as practitioners. You do not need to be enrolled in a programme or have a degree from a certain academic field. Note that it’s a fulltime course that requires the student to be on campus.

International students

Full programme/course tuition fee (for non-EU/EEA citizens): SEK 31 250

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

The application period that is currently open is a “national application round”, which means that you apply through the national application page ( You are still very welcome to apply. If you need assistance with your application, please contact the service centre at

Read more about entry requirements and how to apply at

About the course

Course name: Climate Change and Society (Klimat och samhälle) MESS62

Credits: 15 credits, on campus, full time, free standing

Course period: August 29 - October 30, 2022

Course language: English

Department/Faculty: Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies, LUCSUS, Faculty of Social Sciences'

Apply here, no later than January 17, 2022.



Amanda Elgh
Student Coordinator
amanda [dot] elgh [at] lucsus [dot] lu [dot] se 
+46-46-222 04 70