Adaptation to Global Environmental Change
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This course introduces you to different perspectives on and approaches to the challenge of adaptation to global environmental change in general, and climate change in particular. In this course, you will learn how to extend your expertise on environmental issues and how to work with different societal actors, public or private, in developing strategies to deal with environmental change, in a city, rural areas, organizations or neighborhoods.
In this course, you will learn how to extend your expertise on environmental issues and how to work with different societal actors, public or private, in developing strategies to deal with environmental change, in a city, rural areas, organizations or neighborhoods.
This course introduces you to different perspectives on and approaches to the challenge of adaptation to global environmental change in general, and climate change in particular. During the course, you will discuss and analyse adaptation to environmental and climate change from the following themes:
- Risks and vulnerabilities of communities in different parts of the world to the combined impacts of environmental and non-environmental stress.
- International, regional and national adaptation policies.
- The construction of socioeconomic and environmental scenarios as a tool for adaptation policies.
- Conflicts and synergies between adaptation, economic development, security, poverty, gender, and human rights agendas.
- Interlinkages between environmental change mitigation and adaptation.
The topics are presented in lectures and elaborated in seminar discussions. The course includes a workshop where you get a hands-on experience with and learning from a climate strategy of Gothenburg city. Throughout the course, you work with a selected site of climate adaptation, applying theoretical, methodological insights to the specific adaptation case as the course moves along. At the end of the course, you will write a final report on the specific case.
Prerequisites and selection
A completed core course of 15 higher education credits in the second cycle within the field of global studies. Alternatively a completed undergraduate degree in one of the following subjects: human ecology, global studies, social anthropology, political science, sociology, economics, international relations, development studies, environmental social science, European studies, human-, cultural-, Development- or economic geography or the equivalent competence. Language requirements: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS, or alternatively a bachelor's degree from an education held in English.
Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 285 credits
This course gives you in-depth knowledge of adaptation to global environmental change and an advantage in the labor market since the knowledge achieved is indispensable for working with adaptation plans.