Course code EDS225

EDS225 Linking Ecological and Social Resilience

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Course responsible: Lars Kåre Grimsby
Teachers: Ian Bryceson
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2006H
Preferential right:
Course contents:
- The concept of resilience - Resilience and vulnerability in ecological and social systems - "Old" and "new" scientific ideas and approaches - The adaptive cycle as a conceptual framework - Linked ecological-social conceptual approaches - Systems approach and social-ecological linkages - Change and uncertainty in social-ecological systems - Nurturing diversity for resilience - Local/traditional resource management systems - Combining different types of knowledge for learning - Resilience of property rights institutions - Adaptive management - Self-organization towards social and ecological sustainability - Resilience as an analytical approach - A range of international case studies - Examples of MSc research projects utilising "resilience"
Learning outcome:
Linking Ecological and Social Resilience" will provide a basis for understanding both ecological systems and social systems, emphasising the interlinkages and interdependence between environmental and social processes of change. Emphasis is put on: - learning to live with change and uncertainty - nurturing diversity for resilience - combining different types of knowledge for learning - creating opportunity for self-organization towards social and ecological sustainability. The course will provide students with an innovative conceptual framework, and explain how to use it as an analytical approach when investigating questions of sustainability and development with interdisciplinary perspectives. A variety of case studies from developing countries in an increasingly globalised world will be used to illustrate the theories. Several students have successfully utilised "resilience" as a conceptual framework for their thesis in recent years. Course participants who would like advice on this will be assisted additionally.
Learning activities:
The course will include lectures, specified readings and class discussions. Group-work with small numbers of students will be based upon joint assignments.
Teaching support:
The lecturer will be available to meet individual students, or groups of students, outside of the assigned teaching hours to discuss particular topics or issues.

- 'Linking Social and Ecological Systems: management practices and social mechanisms for building resilience' by Berkes and Folke - 'Navigating Social-Ecological Systems: building resilience for complexity and change' by Berkes, Colding and Folke - 'Foundations of Ecological Resilience' by Gunderson, Allen and Holling - 'Ecosystems and Human Well-being: a framework for assessment' by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Group.


- "Principles of Ecosystem Stewardship" by Chapin, Kofinas and Folke Additional articles and relevant papers will be provided to the students during the course.

- "Resilience, development and global change" by Katrina Brown

Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
One group mid-term paper.
Exam in ENGLISH ONLY. The final written exam will count for 80 % of the grade. Two quizzes during the course will count for 10 % each.
Nominal workload:
300 hours
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
The class will meet for four hours per week (two double hours). Most weeks will be devoted to lectures and class discussions, but three weeks will be set aside for group-work and writing a mid-term paper.
An external examiner will evaluate the final written exam.
Allowed examination aids: C3 Alle typer kalkulatorer, alle andre hjelpemidler - inkludert digitale
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / F