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Postgraduate course

Global Change Ecology

  • ECTS credits5
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeBIO347
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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Teaching semester


This course has a limited capacity, enrolment is based on application. Application deadline is Thursday in week 2 for the spring semester. Please see this page for more information: https://www.uib.no/en/matnat/53431/admission-courses-limited-capacity

You will receive confirmation of whether you received a spot in Studentweb no later than Tuesday the week after the deadline.

The time of the first lecture/orientation meeting can be found in the schedule on the course website or on the Mitt UiB learning platform.

The course runs only if enough students enrol.

It is mandatory to attend the first lecture.

Objectives and Content

Humans have an increasing effect on global biodiversity through habitat change, pollution, overharvesting, introduction of invasive species, and through our effect on the global climate. This course will give an overview on how humans change the environment and on how biodiversity have been and will be affected by these changes. The main focus will be on climatic changes and its effect on terrestrial ecosystems and biodiversity, but also the other factors will be discussed. The course will therefore start by presenting the knowledge status of climate change and how the climate has changed before humans had any impact on the climatic systems. Then we will discuss the observed and predicted impact this have on terrestrial ecosystems and biodiversity, before discussing other human-related drivers of ecological change.

The course will be a mix of traditional lectures and class discussions, and the students will be given relevant literature as a base for discussions before each lecture. They are expected to read this and may be given specific assignments for the lectures to enhance the discussions in the class. The final evaluation will be based on an essay/blog that the student writes. The topic of this essay will be discussed with the lecturers before the student starts on the task.

Learning Outcomes

Understand how human-induced changes in the environment and climate will lead to changes in the terrestrial ecosystem - regionally and globally.

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

Basic course in ecology.

Access to the Course

Master and PhD. Recommended for student in Biology - biodiversity, evolution and ecology

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Lectures and written assignment (essay). Valid in teaching semester only.

Forms of Assessment

Written assignment (essay).

Grading Scale


Assessment 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.


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