Climate Change and Society
MESS62, 15 CREDITS
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:
- Drivers and dynamics of climate change
- Politics and economics of reducing greenhouse gas emissions
- Adaptation and loss and damage
- 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 and preliminary schedule
Literature list, established 2020-06-11 PDF (517 kB)
Preliminary* schedule (version 2022-07-01). PDF (175 kB)
*Please note that there might be changes to this schedule. The final version of the schedule will be published on Canvas and made available to admitted students approx. one month before the start of the course.
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.
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 (antagning.se). You are still very welcome to apply. If you need assistance with your application, please contact the service centre at antagning.se.
Exchange students do not apply through universityadmissions.se or antagning.se.
Once you have been selected and nominated by your home university to come on an exchange, you will receive a link to the special online application for nominated exchange students to formally apply for exchange studies. This application link will be provided either by your home university coordinator, or directly by the coordinator at Lund University.
The application period for nominated exchange students is: 1 April - 25 April for autumn semester exchange studies.
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'
The course is closed for application in the 'national application round': Apply here (click on 'Anmäl dig'). Deadline to apply was April 19. The course WILL open up for late applications on July 15 (apply through the national application round, click on Apply here/above).
Exchange students: Do not apply through the link above. Once you have been selected and nominated by your home university to come on an exchange, you will receive a link to the special online application for nominated exchange students to formally apply for exchange studies. This application link will be provided either by your home university coordinator, or directly by the coordinator at Lund University. The application period for nominated exchange students is: 1 April - 25 April for autumn semester exchange studies.
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