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National and International Forest Policy

The first weeks of the course primarily deal with national forest policy processes and approaches to policy analysis. Students get acquainted with forest governance in the countries represented by their peers. Class work in the following weeks covers a variety of more specific topics, such as property right regimes, future and markets, forest certification as well as European and global forest policies. Among other things, students participate in debates with external stakeholders on hot policy issues. At the end of the course, we undertake a study trip, with focus on comparing forest policies in selected countries or regions. The course has a wide thematic scope and also the ambition to develop generic skills such as competent debating and deep reflection. Therefore, the pace of the course is high, requiring active students’ participation in diverse course activities.

To further student learning and promote discussion, a variety of methods are used: Lectures, literature studies, exercises, role play, written assignments, seminars, study visits, study trips, presentations.

Delivered by an international teacher team, the class work includes lectures intermingled with exercises in groups and presentations by students. Activities outside the class include a visit to a private forest estate, readings of scientific literature, elaboration of essays, and writing a reflective journal.

The course focuses on the following generic competencies: 

Information competence, critical thinking and reflection, problem solving, scientific methods, oral and written communication, teamwork.

The following course components are compulsory:

Seminars, study visits and study trip.

Collaboration with the surrounding community takes place through

inviting lectures from forestry practice, visiting private forest owners in Scania.

Syllabus and other information

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Euroforester (MSc) Forest Science - Master's Programme Forest Management - Bachelor's Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38060 SEK Cycle: Master’s level (A1N)
Subject: Forestry Science
Course code: SV0061 Application code: SLU-30281 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre Pace: 100%