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Resilience Reflections and Applications

  • 7.5 credits

Learn about how resilience thinking-related theories and methods can be applied to social-ecological systems. Using quantitative and qualitative methods and analytic techniques gives you insights into the complexity and inter-connectedness of social-ecological systems. You will develop your own research project using multiple conceptual approaches.

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The course is project based, and students formulate individual research proposals. The proposed projects must fall under one of the SRC’s research themes, and should be for a 1-year study that would suit the SERSD Master’s thesis.

  • Course structure

    The first part of the course reflects on the philosophical foundations of sustainability science, and how resilience and social-ecological concepts can be applied in research, specifically in developing an independent project and formulating research questions. Students learn how to critically review projects and provide useful feedbacks to their peers. Students will learn how to plan a structured literature search. Research ethics are introduced as a recurring theme throughout the course. Research design is further informed through instruction and workshops in qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis . In the third and final part of the course, students participate in in-depth review of peers’ research projects, engage in proposal writing and present their proposals. Self-study, writing, and practical exercises intersperse in-class time.

    Teaching format

    Teaching consists of lectures, self-studies and group work lead by teachers from different scientific fields. Students will work in groups to assess and discuss each other’s work. This component will provide a set of alternative approaches to addressing related questions, and will allow students to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of these approaches, to develop skills in critical analysis and providing scholarly feedback.

    Learning outcomes

    It is expected that the student, after taking the course will be able to 1) successfully formulate a research project that analyses social-ecological systems using multiple conceptual approaches, 2) identify what approaches are useful or not for particular situations and questions, and 3) explain strengths and weaknesses of resilience thinking-related approaches.

    Assessment

    Assessment will be based on proposal- writing and presentation of a research project and an ethical report.

    Examiner

    Ingo Fetzer

    E-mail: ingo.fetzer@su.se

    Grace Wong

    E-mail: grace.wong@su.se

    Jamila Haider

    E-mail: jamila.haider@su.se

    Course teachers: Ingo Fetzer, Grace Wong, Jamila Haider, Miriam Huitric, Tim Daw, Blanca González García-Mon, Daniel Ospina, David Collste, Kirill Orach, Andrew Merrie, Jan Kuiper, Emma Björkvik, Abigayil Blandon, Sofia Kall and Hanna Wetterstrand.

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