Politisk ekologi: Makt, konflikt och hållbarhet

Third-cycle level | 7.5 credits | Course code: SFGS343
HT 2021
Study period: 2021-11-15 - 2021-12-17
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION: The course is given in English
Application period: 2021-06-02 - 2021-10-15

Course description

The course focuses on political ecology as an analytical toolbox for analyzing power, conflict and sustainability in relation to the environment. It introduces key concepts of political ecology and recent theoretical developments in the field, including, among others, environmental anthropology, ecological economics, and intersectionality.

The course elaborates on how recent political ecology literature deals with power and justice in relation to environmental degradation and climate change and focuses on the complex interrelations of environmental degradation and social marginalization. By applying political ecology methods to empirical case studies, the course analyzes how dominant narratives concerning environmental change are challenged by political ecology research and by the contextualization of local phenomena in larger scales. The course is organized through the following themes:

  • Environmental degradation, social marginalization, and scale
  • Intersectional perspectives on power and the environment
  • Environmental conflict and justice
  • Epistemological and ontological dimensions of environmental conflicts

Target group

The course is compulsory for PhD students in Environmental Social Science at the University of Gothenburg. Other doctoral students are also welcome on the course.

Requirements and Selection

Entry requirements

In order to be eligible for the course the applicant must fulfil the general entry requirements for postgraduate studies


The course is open to students admitted to the PhD program in Environmental Social Science, Peace and Development Research, Social Anthropology or other relevant subject, or equivalent. Priority is given to PhD students at the School of Global Studies. Other applicants are assessed and ranked based on the relevance of the thesis subject.

Other information

The course is taught through a mixture of lectures, individual studies, seminars, exercises and written assignments. In the fall 2021, we plan to run the course on campus, which means that you need to be in Gothenburg to follow it. However, if restrictions related to the pandemic make this impossible we will adjust and run the course partly or fully online. Accepted course participants will receive the latest information about this from the course convener.

Course syllabus



School of Global Studies


Social Science

Type of course

Generic skills courses


power, makt, justice, rättvisa, intersectionality, intersektionalitet, environmental degradation, miljöförstöring, environmental conflict, miljökonflikt, social marginalization, social marginalisering, conflict transformation, konflikttransformation