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Sustainability Ecology: Food, forests, cities and climate.

Teaching on basic ecological processes and concepts, ecological dimensions of sustainability goals, sustainable use of biological natural resources, land use and environmental impact in the form of lectures, exercises and discussions in seminars. The questions are highlighted from different interests and perspectives, both spatially (from local to global) and temporal (from history to the future).

Excursions to different habitats and production systems (forests, agriculture, urban green spaces) near the university will be used to highlight and facilitate understanding of basic ecological processes and to better understand land use conflicts in practice.

In introductory lectures, sustainability goals and basic ecological concepts, such as population, ecosystems, evolution, nutrients, ecosystem services and ecosystems are presented based on production systems. During lectures, seminars, exercises and case studies, synergies and trade-offs (goal conflicts) between food production, forest utilization, urbanization, biodiversity, ecosystem services and climate effects are discussed and explained based on different land use perspectives. Lectures, seminars and project work concerning conflicts between different societal goals, and how multifunctional production systems can be developed with due knowledge in ecological processes.

Compulsory parts of the course are excursions, exercises, projects and seminars.

Information from the course leader

Hej och välkomna till kursen Hållbarhetens Ekologi.

Huvuddelen av kursen kommer - som det ser ut just nu - att hållas på distans via Zoom. Detta kan komma att ändras beroende på pandemiläger i Augusti-September.

Vi har lagt ut det nästan klara schemat och kurslitteraturhänvisning här. I övrigt kommer vi att använda SLUs lärplattform Canvas.

Hoppas ni har en bra sommar, hälsar Janne Bengtsson & Joachim Strengbom

Course evaluation

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BI1374-10317 - Course evaluation report

Once the evaluation is closed, the course coordinator and student representative have 1 month to draft their comments. The comments will be published in the evaluation report.

Additional course evaluations for BI1374

Academic year 2023/2024

Sustainability Ecology: Food, forests, cities and climate. (BI1374-10448)

2023-08-28 - 2023-09-27

Academic year 2022/2023

Sustainability Ecology: Food, forests, cities and climate. (BI1374-10098)

2022-08-29 - 2022-09-28

Academic year 2020/2021

Sustainability Ecology: Food, forests, cities and climate. (BI1374-10292)

2020-08-31 - 2020-09-29

Syllabus and other information

Litterature list

  1. Ekologi - en introduktion Författare: Håkan Pleijel ISBN: 9789140681256 [Ekologi - en introduktion] (

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level (G1N)
Subject: Environmental Science Biology Biology Environmental science
Course code: BI1374 Application code: SLU-10317 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Ecology Pace: 100%