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Patterns, processes and populations in biodiversity and ecology


Biodiversity and Conservation

7.5 credits




This Master’s level course looks in-depth at the multitude of biodiversity, from genes to ecosystems. It examines the patterns and processes of biodiversity, threats, conservation genetics and conservation for populations, metapopulations, ecosystems and landscapes, as well as community-based conservation and ecological restoration.

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Knowledge and expertise for the analysis and management of environmental change The interdisciplinary format of Environmental Science contributes to a wide range of available professions being open to you after graduation. You have the knowledge to analyse environmental change and society’s management of this, for example in research or consultancy work. Or you can contribute through knowledge of the management of environmental and sustainability issues, or provide information and communication activities about the environment and sustainability at companies or interest groups. Expertise on the environment and sustainable development is needed at all companies and organisations that analyse, communicate and manage issues related to sustainability and the environment. These are found in both the public and private sectors. Examples of workplaces include municipalities, state and international environmental management organisations or private businesses that work on sustainability and the environment. Studying Environmental Science provides direct links to local, national and global challenges in sustainability and the environment. It provides you with a stable background on which to promote societal debate and management of these issues, both in politics and in everyday life. Read about research in this subject
Sustainability and diversity from genes to ecosystems On this course, you will define and discuss different aspects of biological diversity, such as diversity within species, at species level, at ecosystem level, and at different spatial and temporal scales, as well as critically analysing theories and models for different aspects of conservation biology. You will also learn to synthesise biological and social theories, allowing a complete analysis of the role of biodiversity in a sustainable human society and discuss biodiversity from a variety of ethical viewpoints. Course design The course is examined as two modules. The grade for the theory aspects of the course is awarded on the basis of a 4-credit take-home examination, while project assignments account for the other 3.5 credits. These take the form of oral presentations at seminars and individually written reports. Teaching is conducted through lectures, seminars and computer-aided theoretical modelling, with about 20 hours of teacher-directed learning during the course.
Study how the links between humans and nature affect the environment When you study Environmental Science, you investigate the links between humanity and nature, and how these links affect the environment and sustainable development. The subject includes important societal issues and sustainability targets. You gain an understanding of environmental problems and the origin, scope and management of environmental change. You also get to look in detail at current environmental issues, such as reduced biodiversity, environmental toxins and climate issues. The subject has an interdisciplinary approach because it focuses on both humans and nature. This means that you study scientific subjects as much as subjects in the social sciences, giving you a broad understanding of contemporary and future challenges. For example, you study the link between the environment and people’s socioeconomic conditions, and how human activities such as agriculture and chemical use have an impact on ecosystems. Environmental Science has a broad and comprehensive perspective in which you investigate how society manages environmental issues and environmental problems. The subject also covers specific issues, such as the Baltic Sea’s environmental problems, the influence of forestry, and urban environments.