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Forest History - Human utilisation and vegetation dynamics

This course provides a fundamental understanding of the vegetation dynamics of the boreal forest in a millennial time perspective and deep comprehension of how people have utilized these forests as a resource for fuel, grazing, food, and industrial raw materials and as a religious space. Significant themes include the history of forest management, boreal land use history related to different ethnic groups, and preservation of cultural and biodiversity values and legacies, including paleoecology and long-term vegetation dynamics. The course provides students with fundamental historical methods and tools to understand forest and vegetation history as well as training in scientific reading and writing at an advanced level. The course is targeted for students who want to understand the history of the boreal forest and how natural and historical eras have influenced contemporary forest ecosystems and forestry practices. It gives a crucial background to forest ecosystem ecology and silviculture. It will give tools and knowledge to analyse and critically assess current information vital to decision-making in the forestry and public sectors. The course is offered as an independent course.

Information from the course leader

Welcome to the course in Forest history 2022!

A preliminary (!) schedule is available now (June 2022).

If you have questions - please contact course leader Lars.Ostlund@slu.se

Course evaluation

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BI1414-10225 - Course evaluation report

Once the evaluation is closed, the course coordinator and student representative have 1 month to draft their comments. The comments will be published in the evaluation report.

Additional course evaluations for BI1414

Academic year 2023/2024

Forest History - Human utilisation and vegetation dynamics (BI1414-10281)

2023-08-28 - 2023-10-30

Syllabus and other information

Grading criteria

Grading criteria Forest History 2022

In order to pass the course and get grade 3 you must:

1) Very actively participate in all mandatory exercises (fieldwork, seminars, labs)

2) Pass the examination of the lab-/fieldwork report Karats/Jokkmokk. The report is written jointly by a group of students and the grade for this report is pass or fail.

3) Pass the examination on minor reports etc to be turned in throughout the course.

4) Pass the examination on four discussion seminars during the course

5) Pass the examination on an interview report. Do a semi-structured qualitative interview with an elderly (60+yrs) relative (or someone you know otherwise) about his/her relation to the forest/forestry/forest work. Write a 3-5 page page report on this based on the questions that you have asked and with a complete reference to the person you have interviewed. Include historical photos, historical maps, historical documents pertaining to the area where this person has lived or worked.

In order to get a higher grade you can complete 2 of the following extra tasks (grade 4) or three of the extra tasks (grade 5). Each submitted task is graded pass or fail, but you will get one chance to improve the report.

* Read a book on forest history (widely interpreted) and write a two (max 3) page book report. Minimum 200 pages. The report should be well written in Swedish or English and contain the following; a) a condensed description of the most important content of the book, and b) a critical evaluation of how you perceived the book and its main message and c) a complete reference to the book including author, title, publication year, publisher and city of publication.

* Read a scientific journal paper on international forest history and compare this paper, in a two-page written report, to the one you already have read and presented at the seminar.

* Read and then criticize a scientific paper on Swedish forest history in a two-page report.

* Write a short (2-3 pages) history of a forest which is of special importance to you, for example a forest belonging to your family, a forest where you come from or a forest which you have visited.

All these task can be written in either English or Swedish and must be completed by the end of the course (unless otherwise decided during a discussion with Lars Östlund)! No final written exam on the course!

  • 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.

Course content

This course provides a fundamental understanding of the vegetation dynamics of the boreal forest in a millennial time perspective and deep comprehension of how people have utilized these forests as a resource for fuel, grazing, food, and industrial raw materials and as a religious space. Significant themes include the history of forest management, boreal land use history related to different ethnic groups, and preservation of cultural and biodiversity values and legacies, including paleoecology and long-term vegetation dynamics. The course provides students with fundamental historical methods and tools to understand forest and vegetation history as well as training in scientific reading and writing at an advanced level. The course is targeted for students who want to understand the history of the boreal forest and how natural and historical eras have influenced contemporary forest ecosystems and forestry practices. It gives a crucial background to forest ecosystem ecology and silviculture. It will give tools and knowledge to analyse and critically assess current information vital to decision-making in the forestry and public sectors. The course is offered as an independent course.

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Forest Ecology and Sustainable Management - mastersprogramme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38060 SEK Cycle: Master’s level (A1N)
Subject: Forest Science Biology
Course code: BI1414 Application code: SLU-10225 Location: Umeå Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Forest ecology and Management Pace: 100%