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Urban Social-Ecological Systems Course (USES), 15 hp

Exploring the meaning and challenges of urban sustainability

This course runs full time* between March and June each year. The course is an independent Masters level course and not part of the Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development Masters Programme at SRC.

60% of the area projected to be urban in 2030 has not yet been built. The rapid urbanization that is currently taking place poses great challenges as well as exciting opportunities. To ensure their long-term well-being and to reduce urban pressure on global systems future cities need to be just, green, resource efficient, and populated by engaged citizens.

Urban Social-Ecological Systems is a trans-disciplinary course and the complexities of cities are explored through a systems approach where ecological, social and economic aspects are integrated: What does biodiversity have to do with citizens’ well-being? What is urban resilience? What changes of governance are needed to establish and maintain urban sustainable development trajectories? These are some of the topics covered in the course.

Our instructors, most of them working within or in close collaboration with the urban theme at Stockholm Resilience Centre, will share insights from their different perspectives and the most recent urban research.

Linkages between science and policy/practice are emphasized throughout the course and the theoretical parts are explained in relation to practical examples of urban questions. This connection is both locally anchored through our long term interaction with the many different actors in the Stockholm Metropolitan Region and international, as the extensive network of urban researchers connected to Stockholm Resilience Centre will offer international outlooks.

Various scientific methods, both quantitative and qualitative, are explored through a number of exercises. These exercises form the basis for the second part of the course, where you will formulate and run a field based project applying the theoretical frame and methodological approaches of the course in a real world context.

Please explore the course content further by reading the USES 2018 course syllabus and literature list. A detailed course syllabus for 2018 and required readings will be available no later than four weeks before the course starting date.

Admittance to the course requires knowledge equivalent to 180 credits, including a minimum of 75 credits in any of the disciplines Biology, Geography, History, Political science, Architecture and Urban Planning.

Please note that the current course plan is being updated and that Architecture and Urban Planning will included in the list of requirements in October 2018. Applicants who fulfill these new requirements can apply for the course from 15 September even under the current course plan.

*) We strongly recommend that this course is not combined with other courses running parallel. The schedule is tight, and there are many mandatory seminars and exercises.

Course description on SISU

Stockholm Resilience Centre is a collaboration between Stockholm University and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Stockholm Resilience Centre
Stockholm University, Kräftriket 2B
Phone: +46 8 674 70 70

Organisation number: 202100-3062
VAT No: SE202100306201