ECOS courses

Senast ändrad: 17 december 2018
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The courses offered by ECOS are arena courses in which the students disseminate the relationship between ecology and society. We also offer courses in economics for students with an ecology background, as well as courses in ecology for students with an economic background.

Human Dimensions - the basics

January 22 – 29 2019

This course will introduce general concepts of Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Use.

Application deadline: 18 January 2019.

Number of credits: 1.5 ECTS
Subject: Biology, Economics, Forest Management and Products
Education cycle: Third
Marking scale: Passed / Failed
Prerequisites: Admitted to a postgraduate program. The course is suitable for all graduate students who do not specialize in Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Use.
Scope: Basic course
Purpose: The aim of the course is to introduce general concepts of Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Use.
Learning outcomes: Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:
-define the concept "Human Dimensions of Wildlife Management" and describe the basic content and disciplines within the field.
- have basic understanding of natural resource management within a social-ecological system context.
- have a basic knowledge on the characteristics of environmental governance as a multi-level and multi-sector phenomenon
Content: We will start with introducing the history of human dimension, the development of concepts and research. From there we move to system thinking – how does Human Dimensions of Wildlife Research act as a part of natural resource management. Finally, we learn about new approaches to sustainable natural resource management by moving from government to governance.
Pedagogical form: The course consists of lectures, self-studies and exercises

 

Human Dimensions - Belief systems

February 4-6 and 13-14 2019

This course will introduce and work with the general concepts of belief systems and the cognitive approach in Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Use. It is recommended that students following this course have followed Human Dimensions: the basics, first.

Application deadline: 31 January 2019.

Number of credits: 1.5 ECTS
Subject: Biology, Economics, Forest Management and Products
Education cycle: Third
Marking scale: Passed / Failed
Prerequisites: Admitted to a postgraduate program. The course is suitable for all graduate students in any subject with respect to Natural Resource Use. It is recommended that the students take A 10: Human Dimensions - the basics, first.
Scope: Basic course
Purpose: The aim of the course is to introduce and work with the general concepts of belief systems and the cognitive approach in Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Use.
Learning outcomes: Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • to define the role of stakeholders in wildlife management and describe possible stages of stakeholder engagement.
  • to define socio-psychological concepts such as values, value orientations, attitudes and norms.
  • a basic understanding to which extent these concepts can be used to predict behavior.

Content: We will start with introducing stakeholder analysis and discuss various form of stakeholder engagements in natural resource management and conservation. Most of the course will focus on understanding the cognitive hierarchy e.g. norms-values-attitude-behavioral intention and behavior. We have a strong focus on exercises to reinforce learning by the end of the week. The course is a recommended background to the ECOS-courses A12 (Conservation conflicts and stakeholders) and A13 (Communication for effective management of social-ecological systems).
Pedagogical form: The course consists of lectures, self-studies and exercises.

 

Communication for effective management of social-ecological systems

February 25 – March 1 2019

This course will introduce, work with, and give insight into how to effectively communicate in natural resource management from a social-ecological system perspective.

Application deadline: 22 February 2019

Number of credits: 1.5 ECTS
Subject: Biology, Economics, Forest Management and Products
Part of research school: ECOS, Ecology and society
Education cycle: Third
Marking scale: Passed / Failed
Prerequisites: Admitted to a postgraduate program. The course is suitable for all graduate students in any subject with respect to Natural Resource Use.
Scope: Basic course
Purpose: The aim of the course is to introduce, to work with, and to get insight into how to effectively communicate in natural resource management from a social-ecological system perspective.
Learning outcomes: Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • have a basic understanding of how to use communication as an effective management tool in social-ecological system management
  • define "good communication" and to describe different communication channels and plans
  • reflect on the role of science in sustainable resource management and conservation issues

Content: We will start by analyzing and disentangling the concept of "participation" and discuss communication strategies. Thereafter we use lectures and group assignment to work with various communication channels and activities. In the final part of the course, the focus is to develop an individual communication plan.
Pedagogical form: The course consists of lectures, self-studies, seminars and exercises.

Global perspectives on adaptive wildlife management

PhD Course, 7,5 ETCS

Purpose: To provide students with a broader, multidisciplinary, understanding of adaptive and sustainable wildlife management in northern and southern hemisphere systems. The main underlying objective is to train the students' critical, analytical and out-of-the-box thinking. As a result, they should be better adapted to solving the world's future wildlife management issues.

Learn more about the course plan

Ecology for non-ecologists

PhD course

Basic course in ecology for multidisciplinary PhD students with a background in other disciplines. The course covers three main topics:

1) Populations, communities and ecosystems (1.5 ECTS),

2) Resources, competition and predation (1.5 ECTS), and

3) conservation ecology (2 ECTS)

All in an intensive week in Umeå (26-30 November 2018), self-study and the presentation of findings in a final symposium in Umeå (18-19 December 2018).

Deadline for application; October 15th, 2018.

See course plan


Kontaktinformation
Sidansvarig: camilla.widmark@slu.se