Joensuu, Finland

Cancelled: Climate Crisis: Fear, Care, Hope

when 10 August 2020 - 21 August 2020
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee EUR 500

Due to the covid-19 outbreak, all programmes for 2020 have been cancelled.

The curriculum focuses on climate change as a challenge not only to the physical world but, increasingly, to human morality, integrity, and spirituality. It takes a research-based, constructive approach to the ongoing crisis by recognizing and explaining different psychological reactions to change, such as fear and anxiety, and by looking for spiritual and pastoral answers in different religious traditions. It addresses the individual’s role and possibilities in raising climate awareness and taking action. During the course, the student learns from different responses to climate change (such as climate strategies) in the context of Finnish local churches and religious communities. The course includes an excursion to local Orthodox monasteries where the student gains hands-on experience of an ascetic, sustainable way of life. The course is organized in cooperation with the Summer School organized by Environmental Policy at Department of Geographical and Historical Studies.

Course leader

Maria Takala-Roszczenko:

Target group

Master and bachelor students

Course aim

After completing the course, the student

has acquired tools for dialogue on environmental questions
recognizes different approaches to climate change in social and religious contexts
is aware of the challenges that climate change causes to human mind and spiritual life
has gained experience in spiritual and pastoral responses to climate anxiety
has gained experience in practical creation care in the context of Finnish local churches

Credits info

5 EC

Fee info

EUR 500: Course fee. There is a discount of 20 % for the participants from UEF partner Universities.
EUR 200: Course fee for exchange students starting in autumn 2020.


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