Sustainability in the Social and Human Sciences (summer school course)

Course content

The course introduces students to the contribution that social sciences can make to the issue of sustainability and sustainable natural resource management. The course will be given by 2 or 3 social scientists (a political scientist, an anthropologist, and possibly a third scholar). It will discuss the socio-cultural aspects of sustainability and behaviour change; how questions and problems of sustainability have arisen on societal agendas, and the governance of climate change at the global, regional, national and local levels.

Education

Summer school 2017 + 2018

Learning outcome

At the end of this course, students will be able to reflect critically on the different meanings that sustainability can have in different contexts; to analyze the tensions and dilemmas of framing environmental sustainability in-between global science and everyday practices; and to describe what climate politics is, how it unfolds on multiple scales from global to local, and to synthesize and use different theories in the analysis of concrete climate change policies.

The course will run over 2 weeks, with 3 hours of teaching every weekday (10 lectures in all)

7,5 ECTS = 500 pages for BSc students obligatory literature, 700 pages for MSc students.
10 ECTS = 800 pages obligatory literature.
The texts will be uploaded on Absalon.

No prior background in social sciences is required to participate but students must have completed at least two years of University education to participate in this course (students must be in their third year of study or above).

10 ECTS:
Lectures: 28
Course preparation:130
Exercises: 67
Exam Preparation: 50
Total: 275

ECTS
See exam description
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Written essay. Length: Min. 21.600 - max. 26.400 keystrokes (spaces included) for an individual essay. For group exams plus an additional min. 6.750 - max. 8.250 keystrokes per extra group member. The essay assignments can be written individually or in groups of max. 4 people. Read more about the rules for group examinations in the
curriculum 4.3.1.

The examination essay must address a relevant topic from the course and must include literature from the course syllabus.
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

See "Learning outcome".

ECTS
See exam description
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Individual/group. A written take-home essay is defined as an assignment that addresses one or more questions. The exam is based on the course syllabus, i.e. the literature set by the teacher. The written take-home essay must be no longer than [15/30] pages. For group assignments, an extra [7½/15] pages is added per additional student. Further details for this exam form can be found in the Curriculum and in the General Guide to Examinations at KUnet.
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

See "Learning outcome".

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