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Sustainability Ecology: Food, forests, cities and climate.

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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


BI1374 Sustainability Ecology: Food, forests, cities and climate., 7.5 Credits

Hållbarhetens ekologi: Maten, skogen, staden och klimatet.


Environmental Science Biology

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level


Title Credits Code
Single module 7.5 0101

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, has only upper-secondary level entry requirementsBachelor’s level (G1N)

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

Knowledge equivalent to general entry requirements


The course aims at providing basic knowledge about the role of ecology in understanding and solving the global challenges facing society, especially regarding land use, biodiversity, food production, agriculture and forestry.

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

- Describe the basic ecological processes that form the basis for the production of food, biofuels and the delivery of other ecosystem services.

- Describe and give examples of how global environmental changes affect ecological processes.

- Describe the links between production, ecosystem services, biodiversity and climate.

- Describe and give examples of how global environmental changes affect ecological processes and what role knowledge concerning different ecological processes plays in order to solve global challenges and achieve different sustainability goals.

- Describe and understand conflicts between different societal goals from an ecological perspective.


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.

Formats and requirements for examination

Approved written examination on basic ecological processes and sustainability goals. Approved individual case studies in the form of a poster, approved accounting of exercises and participation in compulsory seminars and excursions.
- If a student has failed an examination, the examiner has the right to issue supplementary assignments. This applies if it is possible and there are grounds to do so.
- The examiner can provide an adapted assessment to students entitled to study support for students with disabilities following a decision by the university. Examiners may also issue an adapted examination or provide an alternative way for the students to take the exam.
- If this syllabus is withdrawn, SLU may introduce transitional provisions for examining students admitted based on this syllabus and 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 submission. Read more in the Education Planning and Administration Handbook.
  • 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 participate in teaching and/or supervision only applies for the course instance the student was admitted to and registered on.

- If there are special reasons, students are entitled to participate in components with compulsory attendance when the course is given again. Read more in the Education Planning and Administration Handbook.

Additional information

Some lectures, exercises and excursions may be in English.

Responsible department

Department of Ecology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)
Biology field: Ekologi

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
Course code: BI1374 Application code: SLU-10317 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Ecology Pace: 100%