STOP – START – CONTINUE: Updated Schedule

Hi!

Thanks for your creativity, discussions and feedback last Tuesday. Based on your comments we have now posted an updated schedule (which you'll find above under 'Course information'). The new schedule includes all deadlines until the end of the course, so hopefully this avoids any unnecessary confusion and it will give you a clear overview of what is expected from you.

Other important points to keep in mind:

- In the new schedule all deadlines are on Sundays at 23:59 - this will conflict with information provided earlier, but just stick to the latest schedule.

- We post all information here on CEMUS course portal

- You submit all assignment on Studentportalen 

- We will remind you about upcoming deadlines here on CEMUS course portal (sorry, no emails)

Feel free to:

- Organize class/group meetings after class to continue interesting discussions - we can help to communicate this to the rest of the class and of course you are always welcome in the CEMUS library

- Challenge the guest lecturers with good questions if you feel that they are not providing enough details/new information/etc. (a good preparation for guest lectures will help here)

- Bring & share cookies

These are some things we can easily implement/adjust to make the course run a bit smoother for all. We also appreciate all other feedback, although some other issues might take a bit longer to change.

See you at DocWeek!

Ben & Heleen

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A chance to contribute to CEMUS’ development

Hej,

This week were hosing 'Course Development Workshop' at CEMUS were we'll on ideas for new courses for the summer, autumn 2015 and spring 2016 semesters, but also partly looking at how we can remix and rethink existing courses.

All welcome to join us as the CEMUS library this Wednesday, October 15 at 12.15-14.00.

See you tomorrow evening, remember it's a mandatory seminar!

Heleen & Ben

 

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Suggested article on Nuclear Power

Hi everyone,

Hope you are all managing the deadlines for the 30DC and the Background & Stakeholder report.

After an interesting discussion with you last week, our guest lecturer Lars Löfquist wanted to suggest an article on nuclear power and societal choice.
Here is the link to the article (everyone should be able to access the full text as well):

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13669877.2013.841730#.VDVflfl_tC0

Interesting for everyone, especially for the group members who focus on this subject!

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Uplifting videos related to todays lecture

Hej!

After this evening's more downbeat lecture, we thought that we would share a couple of upbeat short videos - one a short documentary and another a TED talk on a similar theme but with a different approach.

Hope in a Changing Climate

Alan Savory: How to fight desertification and reverse climate change

Enjoy!

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New Open Lecture at CEMUS

Hej,

Here is an interesting opportunity to get a perspective on a very topical matter here in Sweden. As part of the CEMUS course 'Critical Perspectives on Sustainable Development in Sweden' there will be an Open Lecture called: Wind energy and indigenous land rights in Northern Sweden with Johanna Liljenfeldt a Postgraduate student at Department of Geography and Economic History at Umeå University.

 The Open Lecture will be on 23rd October 17-19 with the room to be announced nearer the time. Attendance is not mandatory but encouraged and all are welcome to attend.

Don't forget that tomorrows lecture will be with Aaron Maltais and he will discuss the Injustice of Climate Change. After which we'll be showing the documentary Hope in a Changing Climate - a documentary by John D. Liu (about 30 min. long). This documentary is a great reminder that positive change is possible if we are willing to work for it. Hopefully you will find some inspiration in this for your group projects.

Mvh

Heleen & Ben

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Next week’s lecture: Aaron Maltais on the Injustice of Climate Change

Hej,

As you might have noticed the schedule for next week announces Environmental Justice - TBA, this was because we have not yet had the time to update our schedule.

Next week we will be visited by Aaron Maltais and he will discuss the Injustice of Climate Change. Aaron Maltais is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Political Science, Stockholm University. Many of you will find links between this subject and your group projects, in some cases more obvious than others, so try to make the most out of his visit by thinking about how this area will be relevant for your project and prepare some questions in advance.

As usual class will be in Hambergsalen, Geocentrum from 17.15 to 19.30.

Ben and Heleen

 

 

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Post-Workshop News

Hi!

Thanks for a great session today, we hope you are as tired as we are... Two things to share:

1. Project groups

  • Not all groups have handed in their names, problem and region. Please email us this information so we know that you are placed in a group.
  • In case you missed today's workshop and are not placed in a group, but would like to continue with the course, contact us as soon as possible, because we will need to place you in a group.
  • Last, in case you are still trying to figure out a specific region/problem - do so as soon as possible. This process can take forever, but eventually you will just have to make a decision. If you do it as soon as possible it means that you can move forward with the 'real' work for this project.

2. GCSF Lost & Found

We can offer a black fleece scarf and a black A5 notebook. We'll keep them in our office. Please send a message if this belongs to you, so we can bring it to class next time.

See you next week!

 

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New Course Readers!

Hej!

Just a quick message to say that the extra course readers have arrived. If you have 'ordered' one last class, please bring 120 SEK so you can take your reader home.

See you tonight!

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Feedback 30DC

Hi everyone!

Thanks for the many 30DC project plans we got to read :-). It seems like most of you have a clear idea about what you want to do and how you want to document it. If you don’t hear anything specific from us, it means that your ideas are good and you can go ahead with your 30DC as planned. You will receive individual feedback on the final submissions for the 30DC, but for now we would just like to remind you of the following issues to keep in mind:

- Always include your own name, the title of the assignment and the date on all documents you submit

- Please only submit PDF files

- Include your name in the title of the document

- Include references when you discuss basic facts (e.g. …water consumption will decrease by 20% if…, etc.)

- For this assignment it is good to be as specific as possible, this will make it easier for you to keep up with your 30DC. Be specific about your focus, what you will and won’t include in your challenge, when you will make exceptions, etc.

Last, it is important to keep in mind that this assignment is supposed to be a challenge it is OK if you are not succeeding on some days or if your plans don’t work out. Just try to keep up with the challenge and continue as intended.

We have noticed that many of you are interested in food issues due to environmental/animal welfare considerations. The bacon on a burger can be easy to identify and easy to avoid, but you might be surprised which other products contain animal parts. Have a look at the following talk if you are interested in these issues:

http://www.ted.com/talks/christien_meindertsma_on_pig_05049

Good luck with all your challenges! Don’t forget to scroll down to read more information about next week’s workshop and small preparation task.

Ben & Heleen

Ps. We have ordered the extra course readers and we will notify you here asap when they are delivered at the office.

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Reminder: Workshop 1 Preparation Task due SUNDAY 14th Sept

We've had a few questions about the small preparation task required for next weeks workshop when we'll kick off the group project. The full description for all parts of the group project are available when you expand the 'Assignments' section.

For this coming Sunday 14th September we want you to think about the challenges and regions/cities you are interested in to explore further.

Choose one keyword and one image of challenges and/regions to Workshop 1. For example, “Plastic waste” and an image of Amsterdam. Email this preparation task to gcsf@csduppsala.uu.se before Sunday, the 14th of September at 17.00.

If you have further questions please email us.

Thanks for coming to lecture yesterday, we've asked Magnus to send us a copy of his slides, when we get them we'll post them on the Course Portal.

Heleen & Ben

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