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Cultural Landscapes of Scandinavia

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeBIO260
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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ECTS Credits

10 ECTS

Level of Study

Bachelor

Teaching semester

Spring, is taught every other year (odd numbered years), next time 2025.

This course has a limited capacity, enrolment is based on application. The application deadline is Wednesday in week 2 for the spring semester. Please see this page for more information. You will receive confirmation of whether you received a seat in Studentweb no later than Monday the week after the deadline.

It is compulsory to attend the first lecture/orientation meeting, or you risk losing your seat. If you are unable to attend the first lecture, you must contact the Study Section (<email>studie.bio@uib.no</email>). The time of the first lecture/orientation meeting can be found in the schedule on the course website or on Mitt UiB.

Objectives and Content

The course demonstrates the influence of human beings on the development of cultural landscape through time. An overview of the major traditional cultural landscapes in the Nordic countries is given, with examples showing how land-use practices in forestry and agriculture have contributed to shaping these landscapes. The way the structure and diversity of these systems depend on human influence for maintenance is demonstrated by considering land-use ecologically as a manipulation of the system's productivity and secondary successions. The course has a limited number of places. Students accepted to master's programmes at the Department of Biology will be given prority.

Learning Outcomes

The aims of this course include providing students with an overview of the enormous influence agricultural practices have exerted on landscapes, and the consequences of change in land-use practices, as well as providing practical experience of land-use planning.

Required Previous Knowledge

Compulsory courses in Bachelor in Biology, Bachelor in Archaeology or Bachelor in Geology/Earth Sciences.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Courses in paleoecology and/or archaeology.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

None

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and exercises

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Essay on a cultural landscape type, excursions. Approved mandatory activities are valid for 6 semesters.

Forms of Assessment

Written exam, 3 hours.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Reading List

The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and december 1st for the spring semester.

Course Evaluation

Students will evaluate the course in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the Department. You can find courseevaluations in the Quality Assurance Reports.

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.

Contact

Contact the Study Section at the Department of Biological Sciences: studie@bio.uib.no