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SG0234

National and International Forest Policy

The course has two primary objectives: (1) to provide a wide perspective beyond traditional forestry disciplines by examining interactions between forests and society, and (2) to scrutinise global forest regimes and national forest policies with focus on their implications on actual forest management. The course is delivered by an international teacher team involving scholars from Sweden, Germany, Denmark and other countries. Course contents and activities are specifically designed for international student classes consisting of many nationalities. Thus the course provides a unique opportunity to examine societal preconditions and policy implications for forest management from a comparative international perspective. Class activities include debates and numerous exercises in groups. Outside the class, students visit a private forest estate, and engage into readings of scientific literature, elaboration of essays, and writing a reflective journal. At the end of the course, we undertake a 2-week study trip to countries outside Sweden, with focus on comparing forest policies in selected countries or regions.

Additional course evaluations for SG0234

Academic year 2020/2021

National and International Forest Policy (SG0234-30026) 2021-01-18 - 2021-03-23

Academic year 2019/2020

National and International Forest Policy (SG0234-30162) 2020-01-20 - 2020-03-24

Academic year 2018/2019

National and International Forest Policy (SG0234-30076) 2019-01-21 - 2019-03-25

SG0234 National and International Forest Policy, 15.0 Credits

Nationell och internationell skogspolitik

Syllabus approved

2017-11-15

Subjects

Forest science

Education cycle

Second cycle

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.

Language

English

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 or
– 60 credits Economics or
– 60 credits Political Science
and
- English 6

Objectives

The course has two primary objectives: to provide a wide perspective beyond traditional forestry disciplines by examining interactions between forests and society, and to scrutinise international forest regimes and national forest policies with focus on their implications for sustainable forest management.

After completing the course, students should be able to:
- Recognise regional, European and global forestry structures, including resources, actors and processes
- Comprehend the complex linkages between forest-related policies and forest management practices
- Critically analyse national and international forest policy issues and processes
- Debate forest policy issues in an international context, advocate own viewpoints
- Write reflective reports
- Reflect on own learning

Content

The first two weeks of the course primarily deal with national forest policy processes and approaches to policy analysis. Students get acquainted with forest governance in the countries represented by their peers. Delivered by international teacher team, the class work includes lectures intermingled with exercises in groups and presentations by students. Class work in the 3rd to 7th week covers a variety of more specific topics, such as property right regimes, future and markets, forest certification as well as European and global forest policies. Among other things, students participate in debates with external stakeholders on hot policy issues. Activities outside the class include a visit to private forest estate, readings of scientific literature, elaboration of essays, and writing a reflective journal. At the end of the course, we undertake a study trip, with focus on comparing forest policies in selected countries or regions. The course has a wide thematic scope and also the ambition to develop generic skills such as competent debating and deep reflection. Therefore the pace of the course is high, requiring active students’ participation in diverse course activities. The obligatory activities encompass the study trip abroad, the visit to private forest owners and several seminars in the class.

Formats and requirements for examination

Approved written exam and approved active participation in excercies and compulsory 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

The course includes a 2-week study trip. The cost of the trip will be shared between the department and the students. The amount students are expected to pay will range from 2000 to 2500 SEK.


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

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 www.slu.se.

Responsible department

Department of Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom skog (PN - S)
Replaces: SG0183, SH0134
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 Forest Science - Master´s Programme Forest Management - Bachelor´s Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Second cycle
Subject: Forest science
Course code: SG0234 Application code: SLU-30090 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre Pace: 100%