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Multidisciplinary perspectives on planning processes in social-ecological systems


Environmental Planning for Sustainable Governance

7.5 hp




The course is problem-oriented and contains both social science and natural science perspectives on planning processes for physical planning in different types of landscapes, such marine, urban or rural. The course provides a scientific basis, goals and tools for environmental planning and its central issues.

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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
Theory and application in a case study of environmental planning This Master’s level course is problem-oriented, offering both social science and natural science perspectives on planning processes for physical planning in different types of landscapes, which are viewed as integrated social-ecological systems. The course provides a scientific basis, goals and tools for environmental planning and includes key aspects such as participatory perspectives on planning processes and governance, including user and property rights related to ecosystems and natural resources. During the course, you will produce a 5-credit case study project and learn to define and apply the concepts of environmental assessments, adaptive governance, ecosystem services, and resilience, in relation to the governance of social-ecological systems. Course design The course is taught through lectures and compulsory seminars. Active participation in seminars is worth 2.5 credits and, where necessary, absences from some of these may be compensated for through written assignments. The course concludes with a compulsory seminar in which you present your project and perform a peer review of another student’s project.
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.