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A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Climate Change Leadership: An Educational Design Research exploration of a sustainability course at Uppsala University
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Considering the ever-increasing impacts of climate change, the responsibility to take leadership lies with many actors; one of them being universities. The course in “Climate Change Leadership – Power, Politics and Culture” at CEMUS/Uppsala University explores the issue from a participatory perspective where students play a significant role in exploring what climate change leadership means throughout one semester. By using an educational design research approach this paper contributes to the further development of the course by giving a definition for climate change leadership as a theoretical outcome, and suggesting improvements for the course development as a practical outcome. To do so a theoretical analysis of leadership and change theories has been undertaken, as well as an analysis of data collected by current and former students, and course coordinators that have worked with the course before. The given definition and suggestions for the course will be subject to critical scrutiny in the upcoming spring semester and are subject to change depending on their efficacy in contributing to leadership capabilities in students.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 53 p.
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 247
Keyword [en]
Sustainable Development, Education, Climate Change, Leadership, Educational Design Research, CEMUS
National Category
Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-254995OAI: diva2:820677
Subject / course
Sustainable development
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
2015-06-05, Hambergsalen, Villavägen 16, Uppsala, 10:00 (English)
Available from: 2015-06-12 Created: 2015-06-12 Last updated: 2015-06-12Bibliographically approved

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