Syllabus academic year 2008/2009
(Created 2008-07-17.)

Higher education credits: 6. Grading scale: TH. Level: A (Second level). Language of instruction: The course might be given in English. Optional for: W4, W4ea, W4ma. Course coordinator: Lars Nilsson, och Joakim Nordqvist,, Miljö- och energisystem. Prerequisites: The course FMI065. Recommended prerequisits: Minimum 130 higher education credits within the program. Assessment: A small written exam at mid-term, oral and written presentation of project/seminar work and a final written take-home exam. Participation in the final practical exercise is also assessed. Further information: The final examination consists of a take-home exam. Re-examination is possible during examination periods. Home page:

The general aim of the course is to provide knowledge about the most important concepts and actors in the international climate debate, to study climate issues from a systems analytical perspective where independent critical analysis of the interaction between science and policy is central.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

The primary focus of the course is on the description and analysis of the connections and interactions between science and policy/politics.

Natural science and technological aspects such as radiation balance, coal balance, atmospheric science and meteorology, palaeoclimatology and climate modelling are reviewed. This includes greenhouse gases, warming potential, climate sensitivity, albedo, carbon sink, scenario and carbon storage.

Social science aspects include international relations and negotiations, climate politics and economy, including policy, burden sharing, cost-benefit analysis, technology transfer and policy instruments.

The final seminar consists of a practical exercise which integrates all the issues of the course.

Naturvårdsverket & SMHI, En varmare värld. Växthus effekten och klimatets förändringar/Monitor 18, 2003 alternativt En ännu varmare värld. 2007.
Books, articles and reports.
Due to rapid changes in the field, this list may be changed in 2008.