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Global forests and land-use decisions

Globally forest and land-use changes are being driven by increasing market value of timber, agro-food and minerals. The consequences of these changes impact biodiversity ecosystems, including livelihood needs of food, water and shelter for billion people, particularly vulnerable communities. This course is designed to offer opportunities to explore stakeholder perspectives in formulating, advocating, sharing and implementing strategic decisions on forest and land-use with focus on the Global South, but including European cases. By bringing together a diverse range of multilateral/bilateral agencies, scientific experts, governments, think tanks, timber industries, land justice forums, media and artists, civil-societies, this course will explore ways to strengthen partnerships for coping with forest and land-use change that is equitable e.g., ethnicity, gender and social inclusion and ethical e.g., recognition, justice, in the long-term aligning with the Agenda 2030. In this intensive short-term (7.5 credits) course, students will be exposed to literature review, field-based comparative case-studies such as collective forest and land tenure rights, restorations or land-grabs, and group projects that expose them to complexities of real-world decision making and developing skills in using case-study methods, ethics and communication.

Course evaluation

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SG0277-20113 - 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 SG0277

Academic year 2023/2024

Global forests and land-use decisions (SG0277-20097)

2023-12-01 - 2024-01-14

Syllabus and other information

Grading criteria

Grading will be based on the student's achievement of the following learning outcomes:

1. critically analyze the key drivers, including agents and structures, for forest land-use change
2. demonstrate the ability to holistically compare forest and land-use case studies in Global South and Europe
3. demonstrate knowledge about multi-stakeholders and their strategic land-use decisions
4. creatively use relevant communication tools/mediums to convey complex cases
5. demonstrate integrity and ethics in analyzing contested land-use issues, and
6. apply case study qualitative methodology to investigate the field-based scenarios.

The final grade depends on how well a student can demonstrate that s/he has met all learning outcomes:

5: awarded if students clearly met all outcomes, displayed a deep knowledge of the base contents (from lectures and readings), had original and creative thinking, ability to generate their own interpretations, being active participants in seminars and debates.

4: all outcomes achieved well and effectively

3: outcomes achieved satisfactorily, or where the evidence is strong for some outcomes, weaker but acceptable for others

U: (missed) failed all or some of the outcomes

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Euroforester - Master's Programme Forest Management - Bachelor's Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19030 SEK Cycle: Master’s level (A1N)
Subject: Forest Science Forest science
Course code: SG0277 Application code: SLU-20113 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre Pace: 100%