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Climate Change - Landscape in Transition

After the course the student should be able to:
- explain links between global and climate change
- foresee possible direct and indirect effects of climate change in the landscape
- use the concepts of risk, vulnerability, and resilience
- describe national and international structures for sharing responsibility and taking action towards adaptation to climate change
- solve problems in relation to adaptation to climate change and collaborate in settings of mixed professional backgrounds

LK0412 Climate Change - Landscape in Transition, 15.0 Credits

Klimatförändringar - landskap i förändring

Syllabus approved



Biology Landscape Architecture

Education cycle

Master’s level

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)

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 120 credits, of which 90 credits in one of the following subjects:

• architecture
• landscape architecture
• landscape planning
• built environment
• design
• spatial planning
• geography
• landscape science
• environmental science
• biology
• forest science
• horticultural science
• agricultural Science
• civil and environmental engineering


English 6 or equivalent


After the course the student shall:
- be able to explain and describe important processes behind patterns and changes in the global climate
- be able to explain local direct and indirect potential impacts of climate changes
- be able to identify effective options for mitigation of and adaptation to climate change in a range of scales
- have knowledge about potential drivers of decision-making with the intention to mitigate or adapt to local impacts of climate change
- provide support for how to communicate effectively on mitigation and adaptation to climate change and to be able to cooperate with students from different programs in projects in relation to climate change.


This course offers a broad introduction to climatology, climate change impacts and drivers behind intentional decision-making favoring mitigation of climate change and adaptation to its impacts, from global to local level. The main focus is on the landscape level where the impacts of climate change play out and where many of the relevant decisions within planning and management take place. Topics addressed during the course include Introduction to Climatology, Speed of human caused climate changes, Direct and indirect effects, How can we mitigate climate changes? How can society adapt to climate change? How can climate change strategies support Sustainable Development? What kind of communications are needed to motivate decision-making in favor of mitigation of climate change and adaptation to its impacts?

The course comprises lectures (some compulsory), exercises (compulsory), project work: planning and presentation (compulsory), group assignments and literature studies.

Formats and requirements for examination

Assessment is based on performance in written examination, seminars, exercises and 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

Courses in Landscape Planning from SLU counts as Landscape Architecture when assessing qualifications.

Responsible department

Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)
Biology field: Övriga biologikurser
Replaces: LK0287, LK0377
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Euroforester - Master´s Programme Horticultural Science - Master´s Programme Horticultural Science Programme Landscape Architecture- Master´s Programme Landscape Architecture Programme, Alnarp Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 74982 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Biology Landscape Architecture
Course code: LK0412 Application code: SLU-30021 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management Pace: 100%