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SG0238

Forest policy and conservation

This interdisciplinary course analyses how different actors, structures and processes in society affect forest use, and how different measures and strategies can be designed to preserve the natural and cultural values of forests. The course provides knowledge and skills to analyse and discuss political and economic instruments for sustainable management of forests. In addition, the course provides basic knowledge in law and conservation science, with special emphasis on the interactions between society and ecosystems. It also includes a field part where the students get to learn how to identify signal species and see examples on how different questions pertaining to conservation biology are dealt with in the Swedish forest landscape.

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SG0238-10100 - Course evaluation report

Once the evaluation is closed, the course coordinator and student representative have 1 month to draft their comments. The comments will be published in the evaluation report.

Additional course evaluations for SG0238

Academic year 2020/2021

Forest policy and conservation (SG0238-10025) 2020-08-31 - 2020-11-01

Academic year 2019/2020

Forest policy and conservation (SG0238-10051) 2019-09-02 - 2019-10-31

Academic year 2018/2019

Forest policy and conservation (SG0238-10088) 2018-09-03 - 2018-11-05

SG0238 Forest policy and conservation, 15.0 Credits

Skogspolitik och naturvård

Syllabus approved

2017-11-15

Subjects

Forest science

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level

Modules

Title Credits Code
Species knowledge 2.00 1002
Conservation biology 3.00 1003
Law 3.00 1004
Policy 3.00 1005
Landscape planning 2.50 1006
GIS 1.50 1007

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.

Language

Swedish

Prior knowledge

Knowledge at basic level equvalient to
- 30 credits forest science or
- 30 credits biology

Objectives

The course provides knowledge and skills to analyse and discuss political and economic instruments for sustainable management of forests.
In addition, the course provides basic knowledge in law and conservation science, with special emphasis on the interactions between society and ecosystems.

After completing the course students should be able to:
- Identify and solve legal problems pertaining to forestry, environmental and cultural conservation policies with special emphasis on Swedish environmental and forestry jurisdiction based on the environmental and forestry acts.
- Identify, formulate and solve legal problems in real estate and environmental law, as well as forest legislation.
- Describe Swedish land-use history, as well as the impact of human activities on the forest’s natural and cultural values.
- In both the natural and social sciences, describe the foundations of ecological conservation.
- Identify species of conservation concern in the Swedish forest and describe their ecological requirements.
- Using Geographical Information Systems (GIS), propose measures and conservation models for the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services at the stand and landscape level, and discuss these in relation to the environmental objectives.
- Both explain and present oral arguments about current problems in forest policy, legislation and conservation.

Content

This interdisciplinary course analyses how different actors, structures and processes in society affect forest use, and how different measures and strategies can be designed to preserve the natural and cultural values of forests. Through lectures and seminars, the students learn the basics of forest policy, legal and ecological conservation sciences, with special emphasis on the interactions among these areas. The section on forest policy deals primarily with Swedish forest policy in today’s society in relation to different forest values. The course analyses and discusses the need for political and economic controls, such as analysing market failures and performance aspects of various instruments (e.g. balancing between production and environmental objectives). The course section on law includes general legal knowledge and legal methods with an overview of the methods utilized to solve legal problems. The law section continues with addressing basic questions in real estate law, environmental law, especially forest legislation. Lectures combined with self-studies help students learn about ecological conservation issues (like population, community and landscape ecology, as well as ecological genetics). In the social sciences and law, there is a special focus on analysing land use issues in Sweden, land use history, and human impact on forest ecosystems (e.g., use issues or climate change). Through field trips and study visits, students deepen their knowledge about the roles of different actors in the forestry sector, as well as the specific nature and culture conservation measures currently applied in forest landscapes. Laboratory and field excursions provide practical knowledge of various types of species of conservation interest (e.g. signal species) and their ecological requirements. Through workshops and exercises, students develop conservation strategies for specific landscapes with different natural and social conditions, as well as considering the limitations or opportunities that Swedish forest policy provides with regard to legislation, policies and target goals. Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are an important tool in these exercises.

Formats and requirements for examination

Approved written examination, approved exercises and approved participation in workshops, field trips and study visits.
  • 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

Previous studies in economics, ecology or natural resource economics are recommended. The course replaces parts of the courses SG0111 and SG0177 within Jägmästarprogrammet.

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 Wildlife, Fish, and Environmental Studies

Further information

Determined by: Programstudierektor för Affärsledarskap - påbyggnadsprogram till kandidatexamen
Replaces: SG0177
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course
1) Ecology
Author: Cain, M. L. Bowman, W. D. Hacker, S. D
ISBN: 9780878939084
Comments: Tredje upplagan eller fjärde upplagan, eller senaste upplagan (som också fungerar för den här kursen) Kapitel 23 och 24
2) Karnov juridik
Author: databas
Comments: Databas med lagstiftning och kommentarer
3) Skogsdynamik och arters bevarande.
Author: Niklasson, M. Nilsson, S. G.
ISBN: 91-44-03446-6
Comments: Del 1 och del 3
4) Rättslig översyn av skogsvårdslagstiftningen
Author: SOU 2017:81
Comments: Bra komplement till Skogsvårdslagen med mer förklaringar om innebörden och tolkningar. Vi läser valda delar, se läsanvisning vid som delas ut vid kursstart.
5) Kampen om skogen
Author: Brännlund, R. Lundmark, R, Söderholm, P.
ISBN: 978-91-86203-50-4
6) Skogsvårdslagstifningen
Author: Skogsstyrelsen
Comments: senaste upplagan
7) Faktablad - målbilder
Author: Skogstyrelsen
Comments: Samtliga faktablad som finns samlade på denna sida.
8) Skogens ekosystemtjänster
Author: Skogsstyrelsen
9) Skyddsvärd skog
Author: Skogsstyrelsen
ISBN: ISBN-978-91-87535-15-4
Comments: Om den inte går att få tag i, är den tidigare versionen ett bra alternativ. Nitare, J. Hallingbäck, T. Signalarter ISBN 9188462358.
10) Artiklar tillkommer (online)
11) Stärkt äganderätt, flexibla skyddsformer och naturvård i skogen
Author: SOU 2020:73
Comments: Vi kommer läsa valda delar ur utredningens del 1 och 2 - se läsanvisning som delas ut vid kursstart.

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Forest Science - Master´s Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Forest science
Course code: SG0238 Application code: SLU-10100 Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Environmental Studies Pace: 100%