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Climate Emergency Studies

30 credits

We are in the midst of a climate emergency and need to break out of our torpor to find solutions to this urgent crisis. In this master’s course, we take on issues of the emergency that we are in and create concrete as well as more speculative responses to the climate crisis. The course has a unique setup, in which you as a student has an active role as co-creator and co-manager.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (the IPCC) has declared that we are now living in what could be described as a planetary climate emergency – something that is becoming increasingly clear in all areas of life. But what do the terms “climate” and “emergency” mean, and what happens when they are combined in a “climate emergency”? How do we approach the almost unfathomable complexity of climate issues and the emergency that we are in, from ethical, artistic, cultural, political, and cognitive points of view? How can it be that “business as usual” in many ways seems to be the go-to response to the climate crisis? And how do we get past this state of inertia and create opportunities for action, given the complexities of scale and time? These are some of the urgent questions that you will be faced with in this course.

In the master’s course Climate Emergency Studies, you – the student – play an active part in the discussion and creation of concrete as well as more speculative artistic responses to the current planetary climate emergency. We begin with a general overview of what we currently know about the climate emergency, and then go on to explore different ways of understanding and shaping life in a planetary climate crisis. During the second half of the course, we develop a collaborative project together with external parties, which will enable us to move on from “climate emergency” to “climate action”. This collaboration furthermore grounds the course in a reality outside academia.

Since you and your fellow students are the planet’s future policy and decision makers, the matter of education and pedagogy is central in Climate Emergency Studies. This manifests in an experimental pedagogical approach, focusing on eco pedagogy and collaborative learning. As a student, you act as a co-manager and co-creator of the course, building a theoretical foundation together with your fellow students, teachers, and external partners, based on the broad objectives set up in the syllabus. You also create space for creative and critical thinking, collaboration, and action.

The master’s course is linked to the Centre for Climate Emergency Studies, which is a transdisciplinary platform for research, education and action related to the climate crisis. Work at the centre focuses on experimentation, creativity, criticism, and action related to the climate emergency, combining critical theoretical, scientific, and artistic perspectives and methods in the process.

Växjö – the student city with a living campus

Just south of Växjö’s city centre you will find Linnaeus University’s campus. In Växjö, many students choose to live on campus.

Here you will have five minutes’ walking distance to friends, restaurants, lecture rooms, gym, grocery store, the University Library, nature trails, and student pubs. If you live in another part of Växjö, you can quickly get to the university by bus or bicycle.

With its 90 000 inhabitants, Växjö is one of the fastest growing cities in Sweden. Here you will find the famous Småland entrepreneurship spirit and a lot of companies, for instance within the IT industry – perfect for when you are looking for an internship position or a job. Växjö is also one of Europe’s greenest cities where you have easy access to nature, forest and lakes.

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