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In addition to the Master’s programme Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development, starting each fall semester admitting 18 students per year, the centre also offers a few independent courses. Application is now open for both of them, until 17 October, so don’t miss the chance to apply.
Introduction to sustainability science
Introduction to sustainability science (7,5 hp) gives an introduction to the social and ecological aspects of sustainability science and runs online at 50 % of full time during the first period of the spring semester 2017.
The Brundtland report put sustainable development as a concept on the global agenda in 1987. Since then a lot has happened. While the situation has become graver and the challenges more clearly identified, the solutions have also become more clear.
This course aims to provide students with a deeper insight into today’s emerging sustainability challenges and into different solutions that can be applied in everyday work and life. The course is transdisciplinary and covers aspects ranging from food web dynamics to governance, economic decision-making and social network theory.
”Managing the environment involves the people who live in that environment, their needs, goals and livelihoods. So different forms of governance are the key for sustainable use of resources,” says Jon Norberg, course leader. ”In this course, students will become familiar with adaptive management, co-management and stakeholder participation. They will also learn about the role of economic incentives and how markets can be both a solution and a problem.”
For more information please contact Jon Norberg
Urban social-ecological systems
60% of the area projected to be urban in 2030 has not yet been built: The rapid urbanisation that is currently taking place, and is expected to continue, poses great challenges as well as exciting opportunities.
Urban Social-Ecological Systems (15 hp) is a transdisciplinary Master's level course that explores the complexities of cities through a systems approach where ecological, social and economic aspects are integrated: What does biodiversity have to do with citizens' well-being? What is urban resilience? What changes of governance are needed to establish and maintain urban sustainable development?
Students go through a variety of scientific methods, both quantitative and qualitative, in exercises where they formulate and run a field based project applying the theoretical frame and methodological approaches of the course in a real world context.
One third of the course is dedicated to on-the-ground fieldwork to test theoretical insights against everyday reality. Last year, students engaged with a broad range of issues, from involving the public in lake restoration to the role of nature expressed through art as a means to turn commuting time into quality time.
“Whether you want stay within academia or move on to more practical job the field experience is critical for deeper reflection on knowledge and its operationalisation” says Erik Andersson, course leader. “We want this course to balance theory and application, all the way from lectures to students' own work.”
For more information please contact Erik Andersson
Application deadline for the 2017 spring term is 17 October 2016.
Apply through antagning.se