Translation of the Swedish course syllabus 
Biodiversity and Conservation, 7.5 credits
(Biologisk mångfald och bevarandebiologi, 7,5 högskolepoäng)
Course code: 1150MJ
Subject area: Environmental Science
Main field of study: Environmental Science
Academic school: School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies
Disciplinary domain: Natural Sciences 100%
Grading scale: AF
Education cycle: Second-cycle (Master)
Progressive specialisation: A1N (Second cycle. Entry requirements: completed first-cycle course/s)
Language of instruction: English
Valid from: HT 2018 (autumn semester)

1. Validation

This course syllabus was validated by the Faculty Board for Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies at Södertörn University on 2018-04-23 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance.

2. Entry requirements

The equivalent of English B and a Bachelor's degree including a minimum of 90 credits in Environmental Science, Bioscience, Sociology, International Health, Media Communcation Studies, or the equivalent

3. Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student is able to
  • difine and discuss different aspects of biological diversity, such as diversity within species, at species level, at ecosystem level, and at different spatial and temporal scales
  • critically analyse theories and models for different aspects of conservation biology
  • synthesise biological and social theories to enable a complete analysis of the role of biodiversity in a sustainable human society
  • discuss biodiversity from a multitude of ethical viewpoints

  • 4. Course content, modules and examinations

    Theory: In-depth studies of the multitude of biodiversity from genes to ecosystems. Including global and historical patterns and processes of biodiversity, threats to biodiversity, conservation genetics and conservation at different scales: populations, metapopulations, ecosystems and landscapes. Society and biodiversity: community-based conservation, conservation and sustainable development. Ecological restoration.
    Project assignments: Computer assignments and theoretical modelling with individual research projects.

    • Biodiversity and Conservation, 7,5 credits
      (Biologisk mångfald och bevarandebiologi, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

    • 1001, Theory, 4 credits
      (Teori, 4 högskolepoäng)
      Grades permitted: A/B/C/D/E/F

      1002, Project Assignments, 3,5 credits
      (Projektarbete, 3.5 högskolepoäng)
      Grades permitted: A/B/C/D/E/F

    5. Course design

    Lectures, seminars, computer-aided theoretical modelling and small research projects.

    6. Examination format

    1001, Theory (4 credits) is examined via a written take-home examination
    1002, Project assignments (3.5 credits) is examined via oral presentations at seminars and individually written reports. Absence from seminars must be compensated for via additional assignments. Absence from more than 50% of the seminars requires that the student takes the course again. Compensatory assignments must be handed in within one year of course completion.
     The grading criteria are distributed prior to the start of a course or module.

    If a student has a certificate for compensatory support from Södertörn University, the examiner may decide on an adapted examination or alternative examination form in accordance with Södertörn University's regulations.

    7. Reading list

    If there are changes in the reading list between semesters, a new list for the next semester is to be validated no later than July 15 and December 15 respectively.
    Valid from Valid to Decision date Decision board
    HT 2018VT 20192018-05-17Programrådet för Master´s Programme in Environmental Science
    HT 2019VT 20202019-06-03Programrådet för master i miljövetenskap
    HT 20202020-05-14Programrådet för Master´s Programme in Environmental Science

    8. Restrictions on accreditation

    The course may not be accredited as part of a degree if the contents are partly or wholly the same as a course previously taken in Sweden or elsewhere.

    9. Other stipulations
    Following the Vice-Chancellors decision on internationalization and grade scale at Södertörn University College (dnr: 1148-1.1.2-2018), this syllabus replaces the syllabus with course code 1112MJ, with the difference that the grade system has been updated. The syllabus is determined through special order (dnr: 1776-2.1.1-2018).