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Changes in Climate and Society
(Klimat- och samhällsförändringar)

Goals and Objectives with the Course
The course will address the following questions through and interdisciplinary approach, using
natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities:
•   Causality and ethics: Is the global environment really changing? How does it work? Are the
    changes due to human disturbance and in that case to what extent? Are the changes "good" or
    "bad" and who decides? What role does people’s attitudes play?
•   Effects: How does this influence society and how would different ways of coping with climate
    change influence social structures, culture, livelihoods, religion etc. What are the effects on our
•   Action: What prevents us from taking stronger action than is currently done? Political, social,
    cultural, technical reasons. Understanding of international negotiations. What is being done?
    Who should act? Ethics is needed here to motivate different kinds of action.
For each and one of these questions the answer is dependent on the above-mentioned sciences.
From the humanities the main focus is on ethics, values and philosophy of science. In social
sciences it is on economics, politics and socio-psychology and in natural sciences meteorology,
geology and ecology.
Causality and ethics: That the climate today is changing and that most of it is due to anthropogenic
influence is true according to the vast majority of scientists. Yet, some scientists argue that this is
not the fact and that poses both a problem for decision makers and a more philosophical problem.
What is truth? Who are the decision makers supposed to listen to? Is this discrepancy between
scientists only caused by strong private companies feeling threatened by the facts? Also, we have to
ask ourselves how we want to treat the environment, what do we think is good or bad? Even if the
world stood united from an economic point of view, there are still problems such as when is it most
beneficial to act, who benefits and who looses?
Effects: We know that the environment and society will be affected by global change, be it through
droughts or floods, different urbanization patterns, new life styles, etc. We also "know" that the
climate will change in the future as simulated by climate models, but can we rely on them? What’s
the difference between scientific models and risk assessment?
Action: Technological, scientific, political and educational actions are being carried out. Renewable
energy sources are increasing in use, conventions are signed, things that are harmful for the
environment are getting taxed etc. Still many feel that enough power is not used to stop global
warming. How can we understand this topic through theory about international negotiations? What
political, social, cultural, technical structures and reasons are at work here? What kind of ethics
underlies our preferred actions?
It is interesting to note that terms like technology, society, and ethics/religion fit in any of the three
categories and are at the same time the cause, the object (effectant), and the solution to the problem.
To provide a common level of knowledge, the students will be presented with basic texts on the
above sciences to be read before the lecture/seminar they are relevant for. Also the lecturers will be
asked to tick off from a list what the prerequisite knowledge for the students should be and if they
have any recommended literature for this.

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Reading the pre-requisite literature as well as recommended books. Taking part in the two course
weeks and completing a short report and presentation.

Period: 25th-29th April and 7th-13th June 2004.
The course will be held during two intensive weeks with some time in between to be used for doing
personal projects. The first week will be held at Norr Malma field station at lake Erken, Norrtälje
(app. 60 km from Stockholm and Uppsala) from 25th-29th April. The second week is in Uppsala
from 7th-15th June.

Detailed Schedule
Breakfast is served between 7.30 and 8.30 and dinner at 17.30 every day.
Period: 25th-29th April
Sunday      appr. 12.30 Arrival at Norr Malma (tell bus driver in advance).
            12.40                        Welcome and short introduction
            12.45-13.30                  Lunch
            13.30-14.00                  Short presentations
            14.00-17.00                  Lecture 1: Thorsten Blenckner
            18.00-                       Welcome dinner
Monday      08.30-09.00                  Discussion about the prerequisite text
            09.00-11.00                  Task groups (lectures), Summer school and Debate.
            11.00-12.00                  Student presentations (3 á 15 min each)
            12.00-13.30                  Lunch
            13.30-17.00                  Lecture 2: Jon Norberg
Tuesday     09.00-12.00                  Lecture 3: Patrick Samuelsson
            12.00-14.00                  Lunch
            14.00-17.00                  Lecture 4: Wibjörn Karlén
Wednesday SLEEP IN                       Discussion about the prerequisite text
            10.00-12.00                  Student presentations (5)
            12.00-14.00                  Lunch
            14.00-17.00                  Lecture 5: Thorsten Blenckner
Thursday 09.00-11.00                     Student presentations (5)
            11.00-12.00                  Discussions in groups
            12.00-13.00                  Lunch
            13.00-16.00                  Lecture 6: Christian Azar

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             17.00                        Finish of week 1. Busses to Uppsala leave 17.05-18.35 or 18.05-
                                          19.45 and busses to Stockholm leave 17:15-19:01 or 18:05-
                                          20:01. There might be seats in a car for trains leaving 18.15 at
                                          Stockholm central station (ask Martin).
Period: 7th-13th June
Monday       08.30-09.00                  Discussion about the prerequisite text
             09.00-12.00                  Lecture 7: Group discussions
             12.00-14.00                  Lunch
             14.00-17.00                  Lecture 8: Bert Bolin
Tuesday      08.30-09.00                  Discussion about the prerequisite text
             09.00-12.00                  Lecture 9: Kjell Aleklett
             12.00-14.00                  Lunch
             14.00-17.00                  Lecture 10: Per-Uno Alm
Wednesday SLEEP IN
             10.30-11.00                  Discussion about the prerequisite text
             12.00-14.00                  Lunch
             14.00-17.00                  Lecture 11: Gunnar Sjöstedt
Thursday 08.30-09.00                      Discussion about the prerequisite text
             09.00-12.00                  Lecture 12: Björn Carlén
             12.00-13.00                  Lunch
             13.00-15.30                  Lecture 13: Cris von Borgstede
Friday       08.30-09.00                  Theme - What can we actually do? Invited guest from
                                          companies, institutions in panel debate, open for public
             09.00-12.00                  Lecture 14: Rob Hart
             12.00-14.00                  Lunch
             14.00-17.00                  Lecture 15: Ficre Zehaie
Saturday     08.30-09.00                  THEME
             09.00-12.00                  Lecture/seminar
             12.00-14.00                  Lunch
             14.00-17.00                  Lecture/seminar or other activity
             18.00-                       Farewell dinner (sunnersta?)
Sunday       12.00-14.00                  Lunch
                                          Hand out modified glossary
             PM Departure 15.00

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Each lecturer have recommended one or more texts which should have been read before arrival to
the course week with the lecture in question. The texts can be downloaded from the course
homepage at www.cemus.uu.se/cefo/ccs. The texts are named after which lecturer they “belong” to.
Before each lecture there will be 30 minutes to discus the texts and to ask each other questions for
clarification. Please note that reading the text is an important part of the course and counts for 1
credit. There will not be any time for reading during the course weeks.

Important facts
Adress to Erken:
Norr Malma 4200
SE- 761 73 Norrtälje
phone: 0176 229070
fax: 0176 22 93 15
How to get to Erken:
The busstop where you should get off is called Norr Malma, tell the busdriver in advance that you
want to get off there. Coming initially with train it´s recommended to book the ticket to Norrtälje.
For more information about bus times et.c. check www.tagplus.se and write 'Svanberga norra' as
your destination.You´re supposed to arrive with the bus that stops 12.35 at Svanberga norra.
Mobile Martin during the course: 0737 027232
Mobile Irina during the course: 0730 646941

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