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Sustainable Forestry in Southern Sweden

Focus is on forest management and forest ecology in managed stands. We investigate how sustainable development is, or can be, implemented in today’s forestry practice. The course gives you the tools to switch from traditional instrumental-guideline approaches to more flexible objective-driven management to respond to emerging needs and challenges in forestry. We cover plantation forestry as it is widely practiced today, and emerging forest management approaches like continuous cover, mixed-species stands and retention tree practices. Two weeks are spent outdoors, visiting forests and experimental stands in Halland and Småland.

Course evaluation

Additional course evaluations for SG0231

Academic year 2021/2022

Sustainable Forestry in Southern Sweden (SG0231-10089)

2021-08-30 - 2021-11-01

Academic year 2021/2022

Sustainable Forestry in Southern Sweden (SG0231-M1089)

2021-08-30 - 2021-11-01

Academic year 2020/2021

Sustainable Forestry in Southern Sweden (SG0231-10020)

2020-08-31 - 2020-11-01

Academic year 2019/2020

Sustainable Forestry in Southern Sweden (SG0231-10166)

2019-09-02 - 2019-10-31

Academic year 2018/2019

Sustainable Forestry in Southern Sweden (SG0231-10089)

2018-09-03 - 2018-11-05


SG0231 Sustainable Forestry in Southern Sweden, 15.0 Credits

Uthålligt skogsbruk i södra Sverige


Biology Forest Science

Education cycle

Master’s level


Title Credits Code
Exam 5.0 0302
Sustainable forestry 10.0 0303

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s 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

The equivalent of 120 credits at basic level including

- 60 credits Forest Science or

- 60 credits Forest Management or

- 60 credits Biology or

- 60 credits Environmental Sciences or

- 60 credits Landscape Architecture or

- 60 credits Agricultural Sciences or

- 60 credits Natural Resource Management


- English 6


The course will provide an overview of key theoretical and practical elements for sustainable forestry in southern Sweden. Silvicultural questions associated with contemporary forestry will be studied in depth and discussed in relation to sustainability issues.

After completing the course the students should be able to:

- Analyse and present important processes in forest ecosystems and their interactions with growth responses on both tree and stand level.

- Analyse variations in forest management due to differences in tree species, management traditions, owner objectives, economic circumstances and social needs and preferences.

- Discuss and evaluate management measures in relation to ecological and plant physiological factors.

- Identify the most significant conservation values in the boreal and boreo-nemoral zones of southern Scandinavia and analyse the impact of modern forestry on these values and suggest measures to mitigate adverse effects

- Read scientific literature and communicate key ideas, results and conclusions

- Manage forest data and produce introductory statistics and figures.


The main objective is that students should get an understanding of why modern forestry is conducted as it is, in relation to silvicultural research, nature conservation issues, societal needs, current forest technology and the wood market. The course contains two major parts, silviculture and forest ecology.

The course starts with a module where forest production and management is discussed on the basis of ecophysiological processes and correlations, to obtain an in-depth understanding of how forest production could be measured, estimated and modelled. The next module focuses on how forest ecosystems and management systems could be evaluated with regard to ecological resilience or economy. Differences regarding stand dynamics, succession and biodiversity will also be discussed. The third and main module of the course takes on issues of regeneration, stand development and production from four perspectives; clearcut management, continuous cover forestry, management in mixed forests and multiple use forestry.

Students engage in different learning activities including lectures, seminars, individual assignments group works, exercises and excursions. Statistical data treatment and analysis will be performed with supervision from teacher and on an introductory level. For many of the students, both Swedish and international, the course is the first on master level and the first course held in English, why some emphasis in teacher response will be on increasing the skills in presentations in written and spoken English.

Representatives from authorities and practical forestry in southern Sweden are invited to speak about urgent matters in forestry and about their view on future threats and opportunities. Thanks to the international student group, comparisons and discussions about differences and similarities in forestry between countries are frequent and constantly brought up during the course. Mandatory in the course is a field trip to two of the forest research units in southern Sweden.

Formats and requirements for examination

Successful completion of the course requires pass grades in all written examinations and participation in compulsory subjects.

The grading criteria state what is required for different grades and what aspects of performance are assessed.
  • 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

In total nine days are spent in the field including visits to SLU’s experimental forests in Tönnersjöheden and Asa.

A student who has been admitted to and registered on a course is entitled to receive teaching only for the course date he/she was admitted to. A student who for special reasons is unable to participate in compulsory elements, is entitled an opportunity to recover those elements during a course given at a later date. More information is available in the regulations for education.

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

Further details on the course topics and learning activities are provided in detailed syllabus that can be obtained from the course leader.

Responsible department

Department of Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom skog (PN - S)
Biology field: Övriga biologikurser
Replaces: SG0182, SH0132

Grading criteria

There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Biology Forest Science
Course code: SG0231 Application code: SLU-10196 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre Pace: 100%