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Entry requirements: The equivalent of English B and a Bachelor's degree including 90 credits in Environmental Science, Bioscience, Sociology, International Health, Media Communcation Studies, or the equivalent

Selection: On the basis of previous university credits. Between 30 and 285 credits may be taken into account.

  • Closed... AS18 week 36-40, fulltime100%, day. Application code: SH-44141
  • 15/03/2019 AS19 week 36-40, fulltime100%, day. Application code: SH-44009

Ecosystem Management

Course 7,5 credits

This advanced course focuses on ecosystem management as a framework for the integrated management of social-ecological systems, rooted in ideas and theories directed towards issues of sustainable governance, resilience and adaptive management. The students analyse ideas presented in current research as well as in local, national and international implementation policies, for example within the UN Convention on Biodiversity, the EU Water Framework Directive and the Swedish Environmental Goals. The course is problem-oriented and interdisciplinary, and includes both social and natural sciences as well as key factors about ecosystem services, and processes and functions in different ecosystems such as drainage basins. The dominating natural processes in drainage basins in different types of landscapes and climates are highlighted, as are the effects of human change and different user patterns. The course also focuses on property and user rights with regard to natural resources, multi-level governance institutions and ecological knowledge. The course consists of lectures, seminars and case studies.

The information below comes from the syllabus and is valid from: autumn semester 2018

Course design

The course consists of lectures, seminars, and smaller individual and group assignments, including oral and written reports.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student is able to:

  • synthesise different theoretical ideas and approaches in sustainability and ecosystem management relevant for the integrated management of social-ecological systems
  • define and apply concepts of ecosystem services and the resilience of social-ecological systems
  • critically analyse theories and approaches for different aspects of ecosystem management in current research as well as in national and international implementation policies relevant for ecosystem governance
  • critically assess one's own attitudes and work in relation to different theories and ideas about ecosystem management and sustainability.


Written examination, mandatory oral and written seminar presentations. Absence from seminars must be compensated for through alternative assignments. Absence from more than 50% of the seminars requires that the student takes the course again. Compensatory assignments must be handed in within one year of course completion.

Grading criteria will be distributed at course/module start.

Syllabus valid from autumn semester 2018

The above information and syllabus are based on the most recently validated decision. Any previous versions are available here.


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