Students are introduced to multiple research approaches and methods for studying coupled social and ecological systems. The programme focuses on using systems-based methods to develop new approaches to the governance and management of social-ecological systems. Students will be trained to conduct problem-driven transdisciplinary environmental research.
During the first year students attend four mandatory courses (see below). These are firmly embedded in the research at the Centre and are designed with an emphasis on resilience - the ability to deal with change and continue to develop. They also define the challenges we face today and reflect on how resilience thinking can be applied to social-ecological systems to solve real-life problems.
Students will also have the opportunity for a traineeship at the end of the first year.
During the second year, students write up their theses. These are mainly incorporated in on-going research projects and are all related to one or more of the research themes at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. Our ambition is that our graduates publish their research in peer-reviewed journals.
The programme attracts top international students. In order to ensure a high quality, spaces are limited to 18 students per year.
First year activities:
The first year kicks off one week before courses start with week 0. This is a preparatory week for all new students and includes an introduction to the SRC, Stockholm University, essential study skills to begin work at the Master’s level as well as time to settle into Stockholm.
Course 1: Social-Ecological Systems: Challenges and Approaches, 15 ECTS. This course introduces students to the Anthropocene, the new geological era in which we live, where humanity has become the dominant force structuring the biosphere. Read more
Course 2: Systems Theory and Resilience Thinking, 15 ECTS. This course introduces qualitative and quantitative approaches to the analysis of systems and shows how they can be applied to social-ecological systems. Read more
Course 3: Governance and Management of Social-Ecological Systems, 15 ECTS. This course will explore alternative approaches for analyzing how people make choices, use rules, and learn to manage and govern social-ecological systems. Read more
Course 4: Resilience Reflections and Applications, 7.5 ECTS. This course will reflect on how resilience thinking methods can be applied to social-ecological systems. Read more
The courses run full time and back-to-back. There are no other breaks other than those listed below under Term dates.
On completion of the above courses, students have 7.5 ECTS for optional courses or a traineeship (see below). Optional courses need to be given at a university and approved by the SERSD programme director.
Traineeship in Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development, 7.5 ECTS (optional)
Second year activities:
Students will execute and write their Master's thesis (60 ECTS).
The students' theses are mainly incorporated in on-going research projects and are all related to one of the research themes at Stockholm Resilience Centre. We strongly encourage students to publish their research in peer-reviewed journals.
Students are required to contact centre researchers to incorporate their thesis into ongoing centre research.
Details about the second year activities and thesis writing are available in the Thesis Guidelines that are distributed to programme admitted students.
Term dates for the Academic year 2017/2018 are as follows:
Week 0: Aug 21 - Aug 25, 2017
Autumn term 2017: Aug 28, 2017 — Jan 14, 2018
Christmas and New Year’s break: Dec 23, 2017 — Jan 5, 2018
Spring term 2018: Jan 15, 2018 — June 3, 2018
Easter break: April 2, 2018 — April 8, 2018
The programme starts every autumn term and application deadline is January 15th each year for ALL applicants.
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