Translation of the Swedish course syllabus 
 
Multidisciplinary Research Project in Environmental Science , 7.5 credits
(Mångvetenskapligt forskningsprojekt i miljövetenskap, 7,5 högskolepoäng)
 
Course code: 1159MJ
Subject area: Environmental Science
Main field of study: Environmental Science
Academic school: School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies
Disciplinary domain: Natural Sciences 50% Social Sciences 50%
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, Political Science, Sociology, International Health, Media and Communication Studies, or the equivalent.

3. Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student is able to:

  • formulate a research problem based on previous research in environmental science, focusing on either ecosystem management, infectious disease control, or environment communication and politics.
  • evaluate important factors, processes and stakeholder relations relevant for an identified environmental sciences research problem and analyse the implications for the problem formulation, planning and feasibility of the research project.
  • develop a multidisciplinary research project that integrates theoretical perspectives and methodological tools.
  • analyse the feasibility, generalisability, and scientific and societal relevance/ implications of a formulated multidisciplinary research project.
  • evaluate the ethical aspects of an environmental research project.

  • 4. Course content, modules and examinations

    During this course, the students (usually in groups) work on the development of a multidisciplinary research project in environmental science, focusing on either ecosystem management, infectious disease control or environment, communication and politics. In consultation with an assigned supervisor, each group will identify a research problem and formulate a research question within a chosen environmental specialisation. The group develops a multidisciplinary research project that integrates various relevant and useful theoretical perspectives and methodological tools.

    Interim reports are handed in during the course and a written project description is handed in by each group at the end of the course. The project description is expected to be of a level that is sufficiently high to make it a potential conference presentation.


    • Multidisciplinary Research Project in Environmental Science, 7,5 credits
      (Mångvetenskapligt forskningsprojekt i miljövetenskap, 7.5 högskolepoäng)


    • 1001, Multidisciplinary Research Project in Environmental Science, 7,5 credits
      (Mångvetenskapligt forskningsprojekt i miljövetenskap, 7.5 högskolepoäng)
      Grades permitted: A/B/C/D/E/F

    5. Course design

    The course is based on group work under supervision. The course includes introductory lectures, but the majority of the course consists of seminars in which a problem-oriented approach is applied.

    6. Examination format

    1001, exam
  • Written interim reports and a final report in the form of a project description.
  • Oral presentations
  • Review of another student's or group of students' project description
  • Participation in seminars

    Final reports that receive a fail grade in the regular examination can be revised/supplemented twice, according to the instructions of the examiner. If after these revisions/additions the final report still does not receive a pass grade, the student needs to write a new final report.

    Absence from seminars may, after consultation with the examiner, be compensated for through written assignments. However, this does not apply to the mandatory project presentation seminar, which includes a peer review of another student’s case study project. Absence from more than 50% of the seminars requires that the student take the course again.
  •  The grading criteria are distributed prior to the start of a course or module.

    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 20192019-06-03Programrådet för master i miljövetenskap

    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 1131MJ, with the difference that the grade system has been updated. The syllabus is determined through special order (dnr: 1776-2.1.1-2018).