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Pathways to the Coastal Zone, 7,5 ECTS Credits
COURSE CATEGORY   Course within the Programme - Master of Science in Water Resources and Livelihood Security
MAIN FIELD OF STUDY   Vatten i natur och samhälle - VNA
To develop the students’ understanding of some of the major issues related to the present problems of the coastal zone. Though a broad perspective is applied to these problems, the emphasis is on problems linked to the ongoing eutrophication. Since a large part of the world population lives in the coastal zone and lives on the zone’s resources, its management has become a key issue for entire regions. Political and economical instruments may control the human utilization of this region, but due to the complex mechanisms that govern both natural and anthropogenic processes of importance for this environment, rational and cost-effective decisions may be difficult to achieve. Here our understanding of the coastal zone ecosystem is one key factor in this process. An important aim is to highlight the coastal zone as a transition area between the terrestrial and marine ecosystems as well as a conflict zone for industrial and agricultural production vs. recreation and “human habitats”.
Though these problems are global, our focus is on the Northern Europe in order to profit on our first-hand experience of environmental research in this area.
The course will give the students an overview of the problems that may be inherent in the coastal zone. The course will also describe the dynamics of both the coastal zone and its ecosystems in order to reveal the nutrient fluxes and transformations in this system. During the course some of the analytical tools presently under development will be presented. Since the problems discussed are to some degree of social origin it is essential to discuss how conflicting policies and actions can be understood and solved. In order to facilitate this a game is to be played to penetrate some of these questions. Finally a three-day excursion is planned with both practical and theoretical parts.
Lectures will be combined with laborations and excursions. Presentations of on-going research will be an integral part of the teaching as well as to be presented in a couple of seminars and laborations. Finally a game is carried out to discuss conflicts and solutions in a “real case”. Active participation is compulsory in the game, the excursion and the laboration.
For those students who have fulfilled their compulsory tasks mentioned above an individual examination is to be carried out at the end of the course

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course two times are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.

Previous studies at least up to a level corresponding to three years of study at a Swedish university, i.e. approximately equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree at a British university. In-depth studies for at least one year in a field relevant to the programme, including a final paper corresponding to approximately ten weeks of study. Relevant subjects are e.g. water resources, geography, economics, social anthropology and political science.

Documented knowledge of English equivalent to an international proficiency test, e.g. TOEFL, minimum score of 550/21 or “Engelska B”.
The course is graded according to the ECTS grading scale A-F
Course certificate is issued by the Faculty Board on request. The Department provides a special form which should be submitted to the Student Affairs Division.
The course literature is decided upon by the department in question.
Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus.

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.
Pathways to the Coastal Zone
Pathways to the Coastal Zone
Department responsible
for the course or equivalent:
TEMA - The Tema Institute
Registrar No: 582/02-41   Course Code: HASWD8      
    Exam codes: see Local Computer System      
Subject/Subject Area : Vatten i natur och samhälle - VNA          
Level   Education level     Subject Area Code   Field of Education  
D       VNA   NA  
The syllabus was approved by the Board of Faculty of Arts and Science 2003-03-03