English translation of course syllabus

Translation of the Swedish course syllabus

Multidisciplinary Research Project in Environmental Science, 7.5 credits

(Mångvetenskapligt forskningsprojekt i miljövetenskap, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

Course code 1159MJ
Subject area Environmental Science
Main field of study Environmental Science
Academic school School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies
Disciplary domain Natural sciences 50%
Social sciences 50%
Grading scale AF
Education cycle Second-cycle (Master)
Progressive specialisation A1N (Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements)
Language of instruction English
Valid from Autumn semester 2018

Validation

This course syllabus was validated by the Faculty Board for the Faculty Board for Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies at Södertörn University on 2018-04-23 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance.

Entry requirements

The equivalent of English B and a Bachelor's degree including a minimum of 90 credits in Environmental Science, Bioscience, Political Science, Sociology, International Health, Media and Communication Studies, or the equivalent.

Learning outcomes

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

  • formulate a research problem based on previous research in environmental science, focusing on either ecosystem management, infectious disease control, or environment communication and politics.
  • evaluate important factors, processes and stakeholder relations relevant for an identified environmental sciences research problem and analyse the implications for the problem formulation, planning and feasibility of the research project.
  • develop a multidisciplinary research project that integrates theoretical perspectives and methodological tools.
  • analyse the feasibility, generalisability, and scientific and societal relevance/ implications of a formulated multidisciplinary research project.
  • evaluate the ethical aspects of an environmental research project.

Course content, modules and examinations

During this course, the students (usually in groups) work on the development of a multidisciplinary research project in environmental science, focusing on either ecosystem management, infectious disease control or environment, communication and politics. In consultation with an assigned supervisor, each group will identify a research problem and formulate a research question within a chosen environmental specialisation. The group develops a multidisciplinary research project that integrates various relevant and useful theoretical perspectives and methodological tools.

Interim reports are handed in during the course and a written project description is handed in by each group at the end of the course. The project description is expected to be of a level that is sufficiently high to make it a potential conference presentation.

1001, Multidisciplinary Research Project in Environmental Science, 7.5 credits

(Mångvetenskapligt forskningsprojekt i miljövetenskap, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

Grades permitted: AF

Course design

The course is based on group work under supervision. The course includes introductory lectures, but the majority of the course consists of seminars in which a problem-oriented approach is applied.

Examination format

1001, exam

  • Written interim reports and a final report in the form of a project description.
  • Oral presentations
  • Review of another student's or group of students' project description
  • Participation in seminars

Final reports that receive a fail grade in the regular examination can be revised/supplemented twice, according to the instructions of the examiner. If after these revisions/additions the final report still does not receive a pass grade, the student needs to write a new final report.

Absence from seminars may, after consultation with the examiner, be compensated for through written assignments. However, this does not apply to the mandatory project presentation seminar, which includes a peer review of another student’s case study project. Absence from more than 50% of the seminars requires that the student take the course again.

The grading criteria are distributed prior to the start of a course or module

If a student has a certificate from Södertörn University for compensatory support, the examiner has the right to decide on an adapted examination or alternative form of examination in accordance with Södertörn University's regulations.

Restrictions on accreditation

The course may not be accredited as part of a degree if the contents are partly or wholly the same as a course previously taken in Sweden or elsewhere.

Other stipulations

Following the Vice-Chancellors decision on internationalization and grade scale at Södertörn University College (dnr: 1148-1.1.2-2018), this syllabus replaces the syllabus with course code 1131MJ, with the difference that the grade system has been updated. The syllabus is determined through special order (dnr: 1776-2.1.1-2018).