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Structure and Politics of the Global Forest Sector

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Structure and Politics in the Global Forest Sector

Some students are admitted with a condition that means that you might have to pay your admission fee before the course startsor that you have to show more prerequisites.


The course have for long been a 2-Campus course with students and teackers in both Uppsala and Umeå. Due to Covid-19 restrictions it last year was converted to a distance course and it worked out well. The pandemy is not quite other yet and we will stay with the distance format this autumn as well. I know that some students long for lectures and seminars IRL and I hope you can find ways to collaborate with other students during the course. In some assignments it will be group work and maybe you can gather in small groups to acjieve a little better social situation.

The course is based on 6 work packages with written assignments and oral seminars. There is no written exam in the end. Teh seminars and the written assignments is the examination. We also intend to have several guest lectures from many different parts of the globe. We are still working of the exact schedule.

The course is based of the students engagement and needs your full attention to build the course and that you participate actively in all parts. Therefore we have two levels of compulsory moments. All seminars are compulsory, since they are examination and we also have the startup sessions for each work package 100% compulsory since we want you to get a good start of each task. On lectures especially the guest lectures we also expect a very high attention and for these you are supposed to attend at least 80% of the occasions.

The course starts the 30/8 09.15 – 11.00 with a compulsory roll-call and course introduction on Zoom (See link below).

A lot of teachers and guest lecturers are involved in the course and we are still working on a more detailed schedule but it will come a new version in a few days.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me, preferably by mail: or by phone:070-211 52 68.

All the best and very welcome to the course,

Anders Lindhagen

Course leader

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Additional course evaluations for SG0247

Academic year 2021/2022

Structure and Politics of the Global Forest Sector (SG0247-10079) 2021-08-30 - 2021-11-01

Academic year 2021/2022

Structure and Politics of the Global Forest Sector (SG0247-M1078) 2021-08-30 - 2021-11-01

Academic year 2021/2022

Structure and Politics of the Global Forest Sector (SG0247-M1079) 2021-08-30 - 2021-11-01

Academic year 2020/2021

Structure and Politics of the Global Forest Sector (SG0247-10068) 2020-08-31 - 2020-11-01

Academic year 2020/2021

Structure and Politics of the Global Forest Sector (SG0247-10318) 2020-08-31 - 2021-01-17

Academic year 2019/2020

Structure and Politics of the Global Forest Sector (SG0247-10015) 2019-09-02 - 2019-10-31

Academic year 2019/2020

Structure and Politics of the Global Forest Sector (SG0247-10016) 2019-09-02 - 2019-10-31

SG0247 Structure and Politics of the Global Forest Sector, 15.0 Credits

Den internationella skogssektorn - Struktur och politik

Syllabus approved



Business Administration Forest science

Education cycle

Master’s level

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent to 120 credits at basic level including
- 60 credits Forest Science or
- 60 credits Forest Management or
- 60 credits Agricultural Science or
- 60 credits Rural Development or
- 60 credits Business Administration or
- 60 credits Economics or
- 60 credits Political Science
English 6


The main objective of this course is to give the students the knowledge to critically reflect upon, and discuss, the role of the forest sector for society in a global perspective, and how the sector interacts with society and the external economy.

After completing the course, students should be able to:
- describe and explain the forest resources development over time in different regions, especially in relation to other forms of land use;
- explain main features and regional differences of the global forest industry, including capacity, production, trade, economic significance, and structural change;
- relate to forest industry features to other conditions and trends, e.g. technological, economic, social and environmental;
- describe and critically discuss the role of forests and the forest sector for global sustainable development, related to forest industry products as well as ecosystem services and None Timber Forest Products (NTFP);
- define key elements of international l forest policy development and describe forest policy development;
- account for how national forest policies are related to international structures;
- explain and discuss forest policy from a political science perspective, with focus on partaking, participation and power, focusing on stakeholder perspectives;
- explain and discuss forest policy from an economy perspective, focusing on political and economic instruments, as well as explain how different policy instruments affect the development of policy and
- independently and critically discuss forest policy problems, related to the sustainability concept from a national and international perspective.


The course is based on learning activities, for example lectures, seminars, oral presentations, written assignments and study visits. Activities can be individual as well as group based. Compulsory attendance is required at for example study visits, guest lectures and seminars.
The course takes it’s starting point in topical forest related societal challenges concerning e.g. land use, industrial production, use of resources, demographic changes and climate change. Throughout the course the sustainable development goals (SDG:s) established by the United Nations in 2015 are used and related to. In relation to these challenges questions about ecological, social and economic sustainability, the forest industries role and prerequisites, and how political and economic governance can be designed to achieve different political goals are discussed.
The course focus are at (1) fundamental knowledge on the forest resource and the forest industry structure, development and role in society – with global as well as local perspectives; and (2) the content in international and national forest policy, as well as models for market based and political tools. During the coursedifferent regions with different circumstances regarding forest resources, forest industry and social structure are in focus.
By providing insight into how the forest sector contribute to societies need; how the sector interact with other sectors in society; and about political balances between different interests and values, the students are inspired to reflect about how different stakeholders in the forest sector are balanced and how the contribution from the sector can be improved. During the whole course the forest sector decisions, how forest policy evolves and we reflect over stakeholders, conflicts of interest, power and responsibility at global, regional and national level are discussed.

Formats and requirements for examination

Approved written examination.
Active participation in study visits and guest lectures
Approved written and oral presentation of assignments.
  • 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.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

The course is given as a two-campus solution and can be followed from Uppsala or Umeå.
The course is interdisciplinary and is based on both social sciences and forest science. This means that it requires knowledge of basic social science concepts and thinking, as well as basic knowledge about the forest sector. Students with a natural science background may have obtained recommended social science prerequisites, for example by writing a bachelor’s degree in social science or having studied basic courses in, for example, business administration, economics or political science. Students with social science or e.g., agrarian background may have acquired the prerequisites, for example, by studying, a basic course in forestry or by writing a bachelor thesis in forestry.

SLU is certified in accordance with PRIME-principles, Principles for Responsible Management Education ( This course concerns understandings, models and methods for sustainable development.

Responsible department

Department of Forest Economics

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom skog (PN - S)
Replaces: SG0214
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course
1) Literature
Comments: We literature list will build during the course and within the different assignments. Examples of literature used in last years course is given in the literature maps in the excel-file with the schedule.

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Environmental Economics and Management - Master´s Programme Forest Science - Master´s Programme Forest Ecology and Sustainable Management - mastersprogramme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Business Administration Forest science
Course code: SG0247 Application code: SLU-10078 Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Forest Economics Pace: 100%