EDS355 Climate Change and Development
Showing course contents for the educational year 2016 - 2017 .
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
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lectures, student seminars, documentaries and debates, participatory game, and term paper
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
EDS260 or equivalent.
Attendance of selected lectures and all student seminars is mandatory.
Term paper graded A-F (30%).
Written exam graded A-F (70%).
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