Linn Spross, who will talk with us tomorrow about 'The Future of Work' has a foot in both the academic writing world (PhD candidate in economic history at UU) and in fiction writing. Her first book Grundläggande studier i hoppfullhet och hopplöshet (Fundamental Studies in Hopefulness and Hopelessness) was released in 2013 (it's in Swedish and I haven't read it). This is a rare mix in the university environment, I believe.
As you have just been handed the major piece of assessment in this course, and it's an individual written piece of written work, I mentioned to Linn that you as fellow writers may have a few questions about how to write in an academic context while keeping and even using your voice and your own ideas. She may be a rare resource on this topic. Tomorrow's session will be focused on the topic of Work, but it's up to you where the discussion goes at the end.
Hi everyone! A quick update: Philip Ware of the Institute of Swedish Safety & Security will not be joining us for our lecture today as planned, as he double booked his time, it seems.
"....Thank you for your kind invitation for me to speak at CEMUS, Uppsala University next week. Unfortunately, I have a Crisis Management meeting on the same day at a conflicting time.... Once again, my sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused. Best Regards// Philip"
We will instead join a different lecture, on the topic of 'Money' which is to be given today at the same time (17:15-19:30) for the Swedish course Man & Nature (Människan och naturen). The lecturer is someone we are all familiar with, Tim Parrique. As our group is considerably bigger than theirs, they have agreed to switch rooms to Hambergsalen. So, we as a combined class will be there together, and we will be guests of the students in Man & Nature.
See you all there!
Our moment in the UN spotlight has come to a close, and glorious Module 3 is about to begin. To prepare for our session tomorrow with a special international guest, two small tasks are required from each of you.
First, read over Assignment 3 instructions now available on the course portal. The first part of the session tomorrow (Wednesday 12) will be a creative look at the assignment, so this is essential.
Second, read the 'Degrowth' literature in the course reader for tomorrow and prepare a question for the second part of our session, which will be a Q&A session via Skype with Giorgos Kallis of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, one of the world's leading experts on Degrowth. Preparing questions beforehand is absolutely essential to help us to lift the discussion and create a great dialogue between us and Giorgos for the short time we have.
See you then, Lakin
An important request from the UN Rio+20 conference:
We need 2 people from any of the 5 person groups to switch to representing Brazil at the Rio+20 (Conference A). We ask this because group now representing Brazil has only two members at the moment.
If you switch, this means you and your previous group will be 4 person groups, which is is a better number or people when it comes to preparation and lobbying at the conference anyway.
Those who switch, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org!
And email group Brazil:
I've uploaded instructions to prepare next Monday's (20th) literature review on the Stiglitz's book. A PDF of those instructions can be found under the heading "Assignments and Instructions" or here. The deadline to submit your preparation on Studentportalen is Sunday 19 October 23:59.
Generally you all did a great job on the exams! Again, the exam is meant more for you to get signal of how you are doing in the course so far, rather than as a large part of the overall assessment.
However, you still need to have passed the exam to pass the course. A passing grade is 50% (8 correct out of 16 questions total). Those who did not pass must complete the following: answer correctly all the questions you did not get right, and send them in an email to email@example.com by this Sunday, 12th at Midnight.
The correct answers will be posted to the course portal on next Monday, 13th. Good luck and now let's dive into Module 2: Understanding Economies...
Tim and Lakin
Check under 'Assignments and Instructions' for your debate teams, and the email addresses of your team members. Also take a look at the 'Debate Series - rules of the game', which outlines the instructions for the debates. Start meeting as soon as you can to prepare, and get ready for one of the most fun parts of the global economy course!
Tim and Lakin
It's time to be finance geeks on a Friday night.
Inside Job, a film about how the 2008 global financial crisis went down, will be screened at Hamburgsalen, Geocentrum, on Friday at 7pm. Bring snacks/drinks if you wish.
Those of you who cannot come on Friday will need to watch the film before Monday 6th October (we recommend those who have seen it already re-watch it so it's fresh in your mind). On the 6th we will discuss the film, look into the 2008 financial crisis, and use parts of the film actively during the class. This will also provide a good basis for getting into the Guest Lecture on Wednesday 8th from economist Michael Wendshlag: "The Economic Crisis of Today".
See you Wednesday,
Anyone who has not yet chosen and signed up for a debate topic, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us as soon as possible. Debate topics are listed here.
We hope you enjoyed the critical thinking workshop on Wednesday. We did! Some of you have still not given us your email addresses - please write them on the attendance sheet when you sign your name.
If you missed the workshop and have not yet recieved your make-up task via email, please contact us as soon as possible. The deadline for finishing this extra task is Thursday 25th, however we'd recommend completing it before then next session so you are caught up with the rest of the class.
Lakin and Tim