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Discussion and analysis of knowledge in environmental science


Generation of Knowledge in Environmental Science

7.5 hp

Based on broad consideration of the philosophy of science, theory of science and research methodology, this course discusses and analyses what environmental science is about and how knowledge is produced and used in environmental science. Approaches such as positivism, post-positivism, constructivism and critical realism are introduced and compared.

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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
How is knowledge produced in environmental science, and what is it? Are you interested in how knowledge is produced? Or what environmental science actually is? Studying this course will help you to describe the multifaceted nature of environmental science and the generation of knowledge within it. You will learn to relate the theoretical approaches and methodologies used in environmental science to major forms of scientific inquiry that are described within the philosophy of science. This will help you to understand the utility, limitations and uncertainties associated with various research methodologies as seen from the perspective of different theories of science and to critically assess various forms of knowledge production. The course also examines limitations and uncertainties about scientific explanations and predictions, Course design This course primarily builds on lectures in combination with compulsory seminars in which different theoretical and methodological topics are discussed. The grade is awarded on the basis of a written examination on the course literature and the seminars and seminar assignments.
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.