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Plants’ functionality for mitigating effects from climate change in a community planning perspective

BI1423 Plants’ functionality for mitigating effects from climate change in a community planning perspective, 15.0 Credits

Växters funktionalitet för klimatlindring i ett samhällsplaneringsperspektiv

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Education cycle

Bachelor’s level

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, entry requirements only from upper secondary school(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 for higher education.


The purpose of the course is to provide an overview of plant functionality and how we from a system perspective can use plants to meet societal challenges today and in the future. The focus is on sustainability and climate impact from a community planning perspective. On the course, the student will, based on previous experiences and new knowledge, work with current problem challenges to be given an understanding of the possibilities around plant use and train in critical and creative approaches.

After completing the course, the student is expected to be able to:
• describe the most common types of plant use in different environments and situations and how it affects society, the landscape and the climate.
• describe how plants through their functions can contribute to a sustainable society and to mitigate effects from climate change.
• analyze plant-based solutions and provide suggestions for plant use that can drive sustainable technical, social and economic development.


The course is divided into three modules. The first module deals with the functions of plants with plant species knowledge and plant characteristics, the social and economic significance of plants, the aesthetics and intrinsic values of plants, the impact of the environment on plants and the plants impact on the environment. The second module deals with various landscape elements such as forests, fields, vegetation in cities, plants by the water and meadows and other culturally influenced areas. We look at how different landscape elements can be used to achieve sustainable community planning and to highlight opportunities, challenges and limitations in plant use. Perspectives revolve around production, recreation, ecosystem services, technical solutions, biodiversity and climate. The last module deals with concrete challenges and issues together with various toolboxes and solutions for achieving a bio-based economy. The module also addresses important societal actors and how we as a society can drive a green transition to adapt to and mitigate effects from climate change.

The course consists of digital lectures and literature at a distance as well as mandatory meetings on site with exercises and discussions. At the end of the course, the student must write an assignment with an oral presentation and discussion.

Formats and requirements for examination

Approved participation in compulsory parts and approved assignments.
  • 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

Distance course with two compulsory meetings at SLU in Alnarp.

Responsible department

Department of Plant Breeding
Cooperating departments:
Department of Biosystems and Technology
Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)
Biology field: Övriga biologikurser
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Biology
Course code: BI1423 Application code: SLU-30215 Location: Alnarp Distance course: Yes Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Plant Breeding Pace: 50%