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Forests and landscapes in Northern Sweden

A large part of the course is a study tour. The goal of the tour is to give on site experience and knowledge about the prerequisites for forest management in N Sweden with the challenges involved in a hash boreal climate with short vegetation periods, while taking into account other land use and interests.

Information from the course leader

Botanikdelen av kursen (2,5 hp) genomförs campusnära kring Umeå under perioden 7-17 juni.

Exkursionsdelen av kursen (5 hp) går under perioden 4-26 augusti.

Då exkursionsdelen av kursen "Sverigeresa norr" (SG0218) pga corona ställdes in under 2021 kommer jgm studenter på kurs 20/25 att delta på denna kurs vilket gör att vi kommer att bli många på resan. Preliminärt kring 90 studenter. Ni på jgm-kurs 20/25 som registrerade er på SG0218 ifjol och som önskar delta i år behöver omregistrera er på ett nytt kurstillfälle som ni INTE kommer åt via SLU-kurs eller Ladok. Ni kontaktar istället Lovisa Nordström och ber om en omregistrering. SISTA DAG FÖR OMREGISTRERING ÄR DEN 9 MAJ!

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SV0008 Forests and landscapes in Northern Sweden, 7.5 Credits

Norra Sveriges skogar och landskap


Forestry Science Biology

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level


Title Credits Code
Bothany 2.5 0102
Field tour 5.0 0103

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements(G1F)

Grading scale

Pass / Failed 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

Knowledge at basic level equivalent to:

- 15 credits forestry science

- 15 credits biology


The aim of the course is to demonstrate the variation in soil conditions, climate, vegetation and different nature types in northern Sweden and show sustainable forestry in terms of ecology, forest yield, economy and social aspects.

After completion of the course the student will be able to:

- describe and discuss local and regional variation in types of nature, geology and climate for soil and climate conditions in northern Sweden, including mountain forests, and how these conditions affect the prerequisites for sustainable forestry.

- describe and discuss how the structure of forest ownership and different forest uses, forest resources and history affect the conditions for sustainable forestry.

- identify and name common plant species in boreal forests, discuss their ecology, use basic methods and tools for species identification and accomplish basic studies in plant ecology.

- describe origin and specific features of vegetation types in northern Sweden and understand how these vegetation types are affected by succession and different land uses.

- Orally present a group assignment and reflect upon group dynamics development.


The studies comprise reasons for regional and local variation in site productivity, forest regeneration and growth and yield in even-aged and uneven-aged forests, important abiotic and biotic damages to forests, nature conservation, wood quality issues, prerequisites for management for private forest owners and forest companies, as well as multiple uses of forests, especially forestry and reindeer husbandry.

During the excursions in northern Sweden, including the mountainous areas, different types of nature, geology, climate and general conditions for forestry are studied.

The course is based on outdoor teaching and major part of the course is conducted outdoors which includes travels and accommodation outside campus. The course consists of lectures, excursions and exercises. Excursions and exercises are compulsory.

Formats and requirements for examination

Approed oral and written examination.

Approved practical tests. Completed 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

Extra expenses for adccomodation and travel occure during the study tour. More info on the course web page.

Botany and plant ecology make up 2,5 credits of the course and is a continuation of the botany education in previous courses. During the first part of the course the students work with plant ecological group assignments studying effects of different land use and natural succession.. Furthermore, typical plant species from north Swedish biotopes and their ecology are discussed and presented during the group assignments and also during some of the excursions.

The course replace SG0218.

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 Forest ecology and Management

Cooperating departments:

Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Environmental Studies

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom skog (PN - S)
Biology field: Ekologi

Grading criteria

There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Forestry Science Biology
Course code: SV0008 Application code: SLU-50088 Location: Umeå Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Forest ecology and Management Pace: 100%