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Forest and landscape governance

LK0424 Forest and landscape governance, 7.5 Credits

Skogens och landskapets governance

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Landscape Architecture

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, less than 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirements(G1F)

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

General entry requirements for first-cycle studies and

- 7,5 hp landscape architecture
- English B

As the language of instruction is English, the Swedish language general entry requirement may not apply.


The purpose of the course is to deepen the understanding of how different co-development and governance processes, structures and arrangements are affecting various landscapes and management structures and how they can be analysed, with focus on both forest and landscape governance and related aspects.

After completing the course, the student should be able to

- identify and describe relevant actors and organisations, rules of the game, power and resources, and discourses, as related to forest and landscape management contexts
- analyse governance types, structures and arrangements in a variety of forest and landscape contexts, using relevant theory
- describe how central policies and theories within forest and landscape governance are used, understood and related
- write, rewrite and apply analyses of governance structures and arrangements in writing tasks
- communicate core knowledge on forest and landscape governance orally and visually.


The course aims to give an orientation in how various types of co-creation and governance structures are affecting the management and planning of landscapes and forests, and how these can be analysed and described.

The course content is built up around theory on governance, landscape and forest governance and related policy. Central is the policy arrangement approach (PAA) with its four aspects: actors, rules of the game, power and resources, and discourses. These aspects are analysed and described for various real-life cases and contexts: forested and non-forested, rural and urban, local and in various parts of the world.

The course content includes lectures and literature studies on governance theory and the PAA aspects. Examples and cases of forest and landscape governance will be introduced in lectures and excursions and analysed in group discussions or seminars. Examples given in excursions and lectures include model forests, catchment areas as well as various co-creation initiatives in urban settings. Throughout the course, governance theory will be applied in analytical writing and rewriting after feedback during seminars, which will lead up to a written assignment and a final presentation. Excursions, seminars and presentations are mandatory.

Formats and requirements for examination

Approved written assignment and completed mandatory parts.
  • 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

This course builds on from the course "Analysis of forested landscapes" where the concept of governance is introduced.

The course applies the principles of Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) for the written tasks.

Additional costs for excursions may apply.

SLU is environmentally certified according to ISO 14001. A large part of our courses cover knowledge and skills that contribute positively to the environment. To further strengthen this, we have specific environmental goals for the education. Students are welcome to suggest actions regarding the course’s content and implementation that lead to improvements for the environment. For more information, see webpage

Responsible department

Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management
Cooperating departments:
Department of Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom skog (PN - S)
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: Forest and Landscape (BSc) Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 37491 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Landscape Architecture
Course code: LK0424 Application code: SLU-10171 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management Pace: 100%