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RFEL3082 - Sustainable Management of Ecosystem Services

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Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home exam 75/100 4 hours
Approved report 25/100
School exam 75/100 4 hours D

Course content

The pressure on nature and ecosystem services due to human activities are increasing. The challenges are complex and there is a need of an interdiciplinary knowledge base to understand how different drivers affect nature and nature goods, as well as the consequences for human well being and how society could respond to and secure a sustainable future. This interdisciplinary course aims to integrate natural and social sciences including economy, ethics and technological perspectives and show how the ecosystem services framework is relevant for science, policy and practices towards a more sustainable future. The course will give an introduction to sustainability and the ecosystem services framework. Status and trends of ecosystem services (provisioning, support, regulating, social and cultural) nature goods and direct and indirect drivers of ecosystem services change will be reviewed at a global, regional and local scale with examples from different regions, communities and habitats. Possible future scenarios for ecosystems services, alternative visions and goals for sustainability as well as possible pathways to a more sustainable society will be presented. The course includes the importance of governance, institutional arrangements, private and public decision making for human well-being and sustainable management of ecosystem services.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, the student will be able to:

Knowledge:

  • Demonstrate substantial knowledge and an overview of alternative visions for sustainable development and how the ecosystem services framework could be used to promote sustainable socio-ecological systems underpinning human well-being.
  • Demonstrate substantial knowledge on:
    • status and trends of ecosystem services (provisioning, support, regulating, social and cultural) and ecosystems, direct and indirect drivers of ecosystem services change at different scales and in different ecosystems,
    • scenarios, visions and pathways for sustainable development of ecosystem services,
    • how governance, institutional arrangements and decision making could contribute to sustainable development of ecosystem services.

Skills:

  • Evaluate and apply knowledge on how changes in socio-ecological systems affect ecosystem services and human well-being at global, regional and local scales.
  • Evaluating a broad range of approaches, methods and techniques needed for sustainable decisions and transitions towards a more sustainable society. 
  • Integrate her/his discipline and education into a wider interdisciplinary context in order to promote sustainable management of ecosystem services.

General competence:

  • Communicate research results to specialists and to a broader audience about central theories and reflect independently around the importance of sustainable management of ecosystem services that is highly valuable both for scientific and management purposes
  • Contribute to innovative thinking within the field.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, seminar discussion, and project work.

The teaching is based on lectures given by course teachers and invited guest lecturers where it is emphasized that the students will actively attend in discussions In the project work the students will work in groups on a topic closely related to sustainable management of ecosystem services. The student groups will present their projects.

Lectures/seminars: 30 hours

Project work:15 hours

Compulsory assignments

  • Oral project presentation

Further on evaluation

The course consists of two assessment parts: project work (25%) and written exam (75%). Both parts are given individual grades and if both are assessed as passed the grades will be calculated to one final grade.

In the case of 'fail":

  • Exam: A final written exam is held during the exam period each semester. The written exam can be changed to an oral exam in the semester when the course is not taught.
  • Project work: must take part in teaching again and submit a new project work

In case of "retake"/Improvement:

  • Exam: a final written exam is held during the exam period each semester.
  • Project work: must take part in teaching again and submit a new project work

Appeals for reassessment apply to the final written examination and the project work.

Exam Language: English

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

More on the course
Facts

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level

Coursework

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Ethics
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Biology
  • Social Studies
  • Ecology
  • Economics
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Biology

Examination

Examination arrangement: Assignment and written examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Approved report 25/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Home exam 75/100

Release
2021-11-30

Submission
2021-11-30


09:00


13:00

INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Approved report 25/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD School exam 75/100 D 2022-06-02 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.
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