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Conservation biology

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Vi satsar på att ha all undervisning på plats. Skulle situationen förändras kommer vi flytta över till zoom.

Schemat kommer att läggas ut i början på december och som vanligt kommer litteratur att arbeta med, annan litteraur- & media tips samt andra användbara resurser läggas upp i Canvas.

Har ni några frågor hör av er annars ses vi 17/1 kl 10.00 i F-salen på Ekolocentrum.


Additional course evaluations for BI1317

Academic year 2020/2021

Conservation biology (BI1317-30239) 2021-01-18 - 2021-02-17

Academic year 2019/2020

Conservation biology (BI1317-30185) 2020-01-20 - 2020-02-19

Academic year 2018/2019

Conservation biology (BI1317-30093) 2019-01-21 - 2019-02-20

BI1317 Conservation biology, 7.5 Credits


Syllabus approved



Biology Environmental science

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level


Title Credits Code
Writtem exam 4.50 1002
Seminar 1.50 1003
Project 1.50 1004

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, at least 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirements(G2F)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

60 credits in biology of which 7,5 credits in ecology


The aim of this course is to give the students knowledge about the theories that are used in conservation biology, and how they are used in conservation work and research.

After the course has ended the student should be able to:
- State how ecological theories and processes in population ecology, population genetics, community ecology and landscape ecology are used in conservation biology.
- Apply ecological theories on specific question within conservation biology.
- Give account for existing large threats for species, ecosystems and biodiversity.
- Explain how one can work with preserving, managing and increasing biological diversity.
- Discuss different perspectives in conservation biology (the diversity of stakeholders and their positions, and what this can mean for the conservation work).


The course combines theoretical and practical components and includes lectures, practical exercises, seminars and project work. In computer exercises the students will be able to apply and deepen their knowledge. In seminars scientific understanding, critical reviewing and critical thinking is trained. Mandatory components are seminars and project work.

The course gives the student knowledge that is needed for future work in the conservation biology sector as well as for future academic studies. The course focuses on 1) the scientific basis for conservation biology, 2) the ecological theories that are used in conservation biology, 3) global biodiversity and global threats, 4) different perspectives held by different parties in conservation biology work.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed written exam, approved oral participation in seminars, approved hand-in assignments from seminars, approved oral presentations of project work.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

The content of this course complements the course (#07091) Applied conservation biology, 15 credits, but the courses can also be done separately.

Responsible department

Department of Ecology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)
Biology field: Ekologi
Replaces: Delar av Bi1244
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course
1) Conservation Biology for all.
Author: Sodhi N.S & Ehrlich, P.R. 2010.
Comments: Finns fritt tillgänglig online på :
2) Denna bok samt all annan litteratur kommer finns på Canvas!

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Biology and Environmental Science - Bachelor´s Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Biology Environmental science
Course code: BI1317 Application code: SLU-30199 Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Ecology Pace: 100%