After the course, the student will be able to:
- Describe the basic principles and concepts in ecology at its different levels of aggregation (organism, population, community and ecosystem);
- Observe and describe ecological interactions, processes and patterns;
- Exemplify how drivers of, and solutions for, many sustainability challenges (e.g., biodiversity conservation, natural resource management, pest management) are based on ecological principles and concepts;
- Critically assess the ecological basis of a real-life sustainability challenge and apply ecological principles and concepts to find a solution for the challenge.
This course consists of 2 parts. Part I (first 5 weeks) introduces the essential ecological principles and concepts at its different aggregation levels, from individual organism to ecosystem. Part II (second 5 weeks) highlights how these concepts and principles underlie global sustainability challenges and how an understanding of ecology can contribute to solving these challenges. We will cover a broad diversity of challenges, ranging from the sixth extinction to ecological restoration and management of overabundant populations. The course will draw on examples from both the global North and the global South and as such contribute to the international character of the curriculum and the emphasis on global sustainability challenges.|
Voorkennis kan worden opgedaan met
|Basic ecological knowledge is an advantage.|
Bronnen van zelfstudie
|Natural Processes (GEO1-2412), Regional Integration Project (GEO1-2416), Ecohydrology (GEO2-2131).|
|Begon, Howarth and Townsend (2014) Essentials of Ecology, 14th edition, ISBN 7804 7090 9133.|
|Begon, Howarth and Townsend (2014) Essentials of Ecology, 14th edition, ISBN 7804 7090
AlgemeenThe course will consist of a combination of plenary lectures by staff from the Copernicus Institute as well as external lecturers, researchers as well as professionals from other fields (e.g., nature conservation organizations, government, non-governmental organizations).
AlgemeenIn addition, the course will include group assignments including the writing of a group essay and presentations by students, and the writing of an individual logbook focused on analyzing group dynamics and a self-reflection on the students’ own role in the group.
BeoordelingMid-term exam, group essay, group presentations, individual logbook.
Aspecten van academische vorming
| • Academisch denken, werken en handelen • Bestuderen en analyseren van informatie • Gestructureerd beoordelen van activiteiten en prestaties (van anderen en van zichzelf) • Samenwerken met anderen, werken in teamverband • Rapporteren over onderzoek - schriftelijk • Rapporteren over onderzoek - mondeling |