Course code EDS355

EDS355 Climate Change and Development

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Course responsible: Siri Ellen Hallstrøm Eriksen, Siri Ellen Hallstrøm Eriksen
Teachers: Ola Tveitereid Westengen, Lars Kåre Grimsby, Arild Vatn, Jens Bernt Aune, Bishal Kumar Sitaula, Lutgart Lenaerts
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
50 students
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2008-2009
Course contents:

The course is divided into four parts that each cover a distinct set of topics:

1. Introduction: Climate and development linkages; different approaches to understanding climate change - society interactions.

2. How are we transforming the climate? : Multiple stressors and tipping points; sources of and growth in emissions; carbon cycle and carbon sequestration; nitrogen transformation and N2O emissions from the soil; documentary & debate.

3. How do we live with climate change? : Interaction between climate change, poverty and livelihoods; political dimensions of climate change adaptation; role of disaster risk reduction in responding sustainably to climate change; local perspectives, community-based adaptation and the role of local institutions; ethics in climate change;  CAULDRON game; documentary & debate.

4. How do we transform? : Transformative change versus responding to change; the theory of international climate change negotiations: Why reaching an effective agreement is difficult; the history of international CC negotiations and the new Paris Agreement; carbon footprint and life cycle assessment; low emission society and its political measures; renewable energy & biofuels; adapting agriculture to climate change; Clean Development Mechanism and the politics of REDD+; student seminars.

Learning outcome:

Learning outcomes


The student is able to understand the relationship between climate change and development, has an overview of the main socio-environmental mechanisms of change and is able to critically analyse those from a social-environmental angle.

Student seminars:

The student is able to put critical thinking about the links between climate change and development into practice and to perform a critical evaluation of a development project that focuses on climate change adaptation.

The student is able to present a critical evaluation of a development project that focuses on climate change adaptation written and orally.

The student is able to work collaboratively with others across different cultures and scientific backgrounds.

Term paper:

The student is able to critically explore particular topics related to climate change and development (related to the course content) in-depth and convey this in writing. The student is able to find and understand academic references that are relevant to the exploration of the aforementioned topics, formulate a sound academic hypothesis and provide supporting arguments in a structured, academic way while using standardized guidelines for academic writing.

Learning activities:

Teaching methods:

Lectures, student seminars, documentaries and debates, participatory game, and term paper

Teaching support:

Teaching support

Lectures: Course readings (refer to course syllabus) and lecture notes. Further course readings will be added prior to course start. Lecture notes are provided after each lecture.

Student seminars: 1 session of 2 hours is set aside for students to prepare in groups for the student seminars under supervision of the course responsible.

Term paper: When selecting a topic for the term paper, each student can contact the course responsible to discuss possible topics individually with him/her. After approval of the topics, one session of 2 hours is set aside where students can work in class on their term papers under supervision of the course responsible. After submission, each student receives a page of feedback on his/her term paper and can contact the course responsible for more feedback.

The reading list (selected articles, reports and book chapters) is made available on Fronter
A Bachelor degree or equivalent in a relevant field
Recommended prerequisites:
EDS260 or equivalent.
Mandatory activity:
Attendance of selected lectures and all student seminars is mandatory.

Term paper graded A-F (30%).

Written exam graded A-F (70%).

Nominal workload:
300 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Must have obtained a Bachelor degree or equivalent in a relevant field
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
4 hours lectures per week. Term paper. Group work in relation to student seminars.
Internal and external examiner grade the exams.
Allowed examination aids: No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått