Geography programme is responsible for the course
The course is available to students from other degree programmes
BSc level studies in geography, geosciences, agriculture and forestry, development studies or related disciplines
The course introduces students with recent knowledge of climate change impacts on rural development, especially focusing on agriculture and food security in the Global South. The participants will learn different policy responses to climate change globally and locally, and comprehend existing mitigation and adaptation strategies. The course improves students’ understanding of key concepts, climate projections, development pathways, and ecosystem-based adaptation approaches to climate change, and enhances students’ critical reading skills, communication and presentation skills.
The recommended time for completion is in 1. year of M.Sc. Studies
The course is offered in spring term, period 4
Lectures will cover the following topics: 1) Review of global discourse on climate change; 2) Policy responses to climate change; 3) Climate change impacts on ecosystem services and agriculture; 4) Climate change adaptation strategies and options for agriculture; 5) Climate-smart landscapes: challenges and opportunities for rural development; and 6) Useful literature on climate change for thesis research work.
A list of required literature (articles published in international peer-reviewed scientific journals) is provided one week before each literature circle.
The course is organized in a lecture + literature circle session format. The lectures and literature circle are organized weekly. The literature circle sessions allow students to construct their own learning through the support of selected literature and discussions with other participants. In each literature circle session a new team of three participants will introduce the assigned literature to other participants in the following roles: the Summarizer, the Discussion Director, and the Connector. The literature circle will enhance communication and presentation skills of the students.
The course is evaluated on the scale pass-fail. Performance is assessed on the basis of the level of participation in the literature circle and successful implementation of a given task either as the Summarizer, the Discussion Director or the Connector.
The lectures (16 hours) of the course will be organized once a week. The literature circle (16 hours) is based on papers and articles on the topics reflected in the lectures and assigns a group of three students in a row to prepare a summary, direct discussion and build connections of the papers’ content so that these are shared and discussed with other participants on a weekly basis. Each literature circle session will have one or two articles from international scientific journals or policy documents up to 20-30 pages for each session. The successful completion of the course requires regular attendance to the lectures and active participation in the literature circle. No exam.
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