Students will learn the rapidly emerging research field associated with sustainability science and ecosystem management. The ecosystem approach embraces broader interdisciplinary approaches to understand the interactions between natural and social systems, and how those interactions affect sustainability. Students will learn the conceptual and analytic foundations for analyzing terrestrial and aquatic socio-ecological systems.
The following topics are covered in this course:
Students will learn:
Students will have the ability to:
To teach students concepts and analytic approaches in sustainability science and ecosystem management, a variety of teaching and assessment techniques will be used.
The course is structured around 1 student workshop and 5 workshop/panels with invited experts that will train students to synthesize research and evaluate questions relevant for policy makers and managers. The supervised preparations and the participation in workshop/panel are an essential teaching method in this course.
Students will be prepared through lectures (14 hrs) and seminars (28 hrs). In the seminars students will learn to critically analyze both seminal and recent articles in sustainability science/ ecosystem management research. The topics of the seminars will be related to the workshop/panels.
The seminars and the workshops will communicate and bridge different disciplines, and teach students to communicate research papers to a broader audience. Oral feed-back on the presentation in class will be provided.
Finally the oral exam questions, including the presentation of a selected paper, will be available 24 hrs in advance to encourage learning rather than memorization and regurgitation on the exam.