Syllabus academic year 2011/2012
(Created 2011-09-01.)
ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEM STUDIES: CLIMATE, SCIENCE AND POLITICSFMIN05
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Cycle: A (Second Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish. FMIN05 overlaps following cours/es: FMIN01. Alternative for: I3. Optional for: F4, F4es, Pi4, W4es, W4ms. Course coordinator: Lars Nilsson, lars.nilsson@miljo.lth.se and Christian Stenqvist, christian.stenqvist@miljo.lth.se, Environmental and Energy Systems Studies. Prerequisites: Minimum 6 higher education credits in environmental studies. Recommended prerequisits: Minimum 130 higher education credits within the programme. Assessment: A small written exam at mid-term; a written project, individual or in small groups which is presented and discussed at a seminar. Participation in seminars is mandatory. A final written exam. Further information: Re-examination is possible during examination periods. Home page: http://www.miljo.lth.se.

Aim
The general aim of the course is to provide knowledge about the most important concepts in climate science and actors in the international climate debate and negotiations, 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

Contents
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.

Literature
Naturvårdsverket & SMHI, En ännu varmare värld. 2007. Växthuseffekten och klimatets förändringar, 2007. ISBN 9789162012618.
Books, articles and reports.
Due to rapid changes in the field, this list may be changed in the coming year.