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Sustainability science I

  • 15 credits

This course aims at giving a broad overview of theoretical, practical and applied aspects of dynamics in marine ecosystems.

This will be accomplished by focusing on ecological processes and modeling. The course will cover a collection of field and experimental data, including long-term studies. This will be combined with theoretical questions regarding ecological processes, interactions between marine ecosystems and global change, and the use of monitoring data in research and human society.

  • Course structure

    Modules

    The course consists of two parts:

    Part 1. The biosphere and humankind, 10 hp

    Part 2. Corporations and sustainable development in the Anthropocene, 5 hp

     

    Teaching format

    The education consists of lectures, seminars, computer exercises and field studies. Participation in seminars, computer exercises as well as field studies and group education associated with this is compulsory.

    Learning outcomes:

    After the course, students are expected to be able to 1) select appropriate methods for addressing particular questions based on field and experimental data, 2) describe the response of marine ecosystems to environmental changes, 3) describe how ecological theory describes the interplay among organisms and their environment, 4) describe how long-term environmental monitoring programs are designed and conducted, 5) describe how monitoring results are used by society and in research, and 6) present the results for an environmental authority and the propose appropriate decisions and actions for a sustainable environment.

    Assessment

    Measurement of knowledge takes place through written examination as well as written and oral presentations.

    Examiner

    Lisen Schultz

    E-mail: lisen.schultz@su.se

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