Social-ecological Systems: Challenges and Approaches (15 ECTS)

This course introduces students to the Anthropocene, the new geological era in which we live, in which humanity has become the dominant force structuring the biosphere

The course will address what this means for critical subsystems in the earth system, for humanity, and for the development of earth system governance. 

This course will define the research challenges that the Master's programme "Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development" will address. It will explore alternative approaches to coupled social-ecological systems from multiple disciplinary backgrounds, for example, economics, geography and ecology. The course will also introduce current approaches to measuring and monitoring how ecosystems support human well-being.

Students will be introduced to theoretical concepts and methods for analysis, and will conduct group and individual research projects that utilize these concepts and methods.

All independent students on this course are invited to take part in the introduction week to the Master's programme "Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development" which runs from 22 to 26 August.

Recommended reading

Levin S. 2000. Fragile Dominion: Complexity and the Commons. Basic Books, USA. ISBN: 9780738203195

Meadows D. 2008. Thinking in Systems - A primer. Earthscan ISBN: 978-1-84407-726-7

Walker, B. and Salt, D. (2006) Resilience Thinking: Sustaining Ecosystems and People in a Changing World. Island Press, Washington DC

This course can be studied independently.

The course consists of the following three modules:
I: Challenges of Anthropocene (4 ECTS)
II: Linking theory to research questions and design (4 ECTS)
III: Ecosystem Support of Humanity (7 ECTS)

Detailed course syllabus will be available no later than four weeks before first lecture.

Example of a syllabus for this coursePDF (pdf, 925.6 kB)

Stockholm Resilience Centre is a collaboration between Stockholm University and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Stockholm Resilience Centre
Stockholm University, Kräftriket 2B
Phone: +46 8 674 70 70

Organisation number: 202100-3062
VAT No: SE202100306201