Week 36 September 1-7

"Hacking at the branches of evil"

Smoke from the forest fire - Uppsala August 6, 2014.


Thoreau quoteIn a world where certain human activities, in certain parts of the world are becomming more and more unsustainable, sustainability is everywhere, and for everyone. Under a green surface and sustainability speak, a deeper brown, grey and black can be found. Our challenge is to get to the bottom of things, challenge the obvious and be constantly creative, out-of-the-box and out of of the outside-inside-box paradigm. You can become the one who sees the things that noone sees, that does the work that noone does, and becomes the person that noone is. You can be the one striking at the root.

We have worked hard to create the best learning conditions for you. We have built the stage, written an open stoyline and will direct with plenty of room for improvisation. Now it's your time to enter the stage and play!

Learning outcomes that start week 36

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • gather and compile relevant scientific literature in printed and digital form;
  • use scientific literature according to different disciplinary and interdisciplinary traditions and work methods;
  • analyse scientific concepts and their field of use;

Course books

  • Öberg, Gunilla. (2011). Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies: A Primer. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Graff, Gerald. & Birkenstein, Cathy (2010). They say / I say: the moves that matter in academic writing. 2. ed. New York: W.W. Norton & Co.
  • Hald, Matilda (ed.) (2011). Transcending Boundaries: How CEMUS is changing how we teach, meet and learn. Uppsala: Centrum för miljö- och utvecklingsstudier i Uppsala (CEMUS). Available online: download pdf

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Monday September 1

Study tools


  • Dougald Hine's lecture references and further reading: Dougald Hine-2014-09-01-references
  • Lecture with Dougald Hine: What changes if we assume "the planet doesn't need saving"?
  • Lecture with Dougald Hine: "We are living after the future" // "the end of the world as we know it is not the end of the world."
  • Lecture with Dougald Hine: "Take responsibility for something that matters." - what matters deeply to you?

Tuesday September 2


Study tools



Österbergh & Kronlid (2011). Crossing Boundaries – An Analytical Look at Cemus’ Educational Model. In Hald, Matilda (ed.) Transcending Boundaries. Uppsala: CEMUS.

Orr (2010), What is Higher Education for Now? In Starke & Mastny (eds.), State of the World 2010 – Transforming Cultures from Consumerism to Sustainability. New York: W.W. Norton. Available here: http://www.placecentre.org/uploads/1/7/4/7/17478645/what-is-higher-education-for-now-orr.pdf

Læssøe, J. (2010). Education for sustainable development, participation and socio‐cultural change. Environmental Education Research, 16(1), available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/13504620903504016 (or through Uppsala University Library, www.ub.uu.se)

Wednesday September 3

Study tools



O'Brien, K. (2013) What's the problem? Putting global environmental change into perspective. In World Social Science Report 2013: Changing Global Environments. (2013). Paris: UNESCO and ISSC. Available here: http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/social-issues-migration-health/world-social-science-report-2013/what-s-the-problem-putting-global-environmental-change-into-perspective_9789264203419-8-en

Sachs, W. (1999) Sustainable Development and the Crisis of Nature: On the Political Anatomy of an Oxymoron. In Fischer, F. & Hajer, M. A. (red.) (1999). Living with nature: environmental politics as cultural discourse. New York: Oxford Univ. Press. Available here: http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/019829509X.001.0001/acprof-9780198295099-chapter-2 (available through Uppsala University Library)

Heinberg, R. (2010). What Is Sustainability? In: Heinberg, R. & Lerch, D. (eds) The Post Carbon Reader: Managing the 21st Century’s Sustainability Crises. Healdsburg, CA: Watershed Media. http://www.postcarbon.org/report/756603-foundation-concepts-what-is-sustainabiliy

Overview (pp 1–15) of UNDP (2014). Human Development Report 2014: Sustaining Human Progress - Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience. New York: UNDP Available here: http://hdr.undp.org/sites/default/files/hdr14-report-en-1.pdf

Thursday September 4

Slow science afterthoughts, out-of-the-box and out of of the outside-inside-box paradigm