LNAA10094 Sustainable Tropical Forestry Summer School

Responsible DepartmentForest & Landscape

Earliest Possible YearMSc. 1 year to MSc. 2 year
DurationOutside schedule
Credits7.5 (ECTS)
Level of CourseMSc
ExaminationFinal Examination

written examination and oral examination

Portfolio Examination

All aids allowed

Description of Examination: Students will prepare and submit individual field work diary of max. 2000 words; present orally their preliminary findings, and submit a group field work report of max. 5000 words.

Weight: Diary 30%, Presentation 20%, Field report 50%

7-point scale, internal examiner
Requirement for Attending ExamParticipation in field work. Active contribution to group work.
Organisation of TeachingSupervised field work and report writing. Two weeks field work in developing country.
Block PlacementOutside schedule
Language of InstructionEnglish
Mandatory PrerequisitesThe course "Preparing field work in the tropics" is a mandatory prerequisite (but yet to be assigned a course number)
RestrictionsMaximum no. of participants approx. 30. Priority given to students in the Sustainable Tropical Forestry Erasmus Mundus programme. Participants must have completed the course "Preparing field work in the tropics" in the same year.
Course Content
Exposure to field level realities in a developing countries, including developing and implementing a minor research project related to sustainable tropical forestry. A two-week field course to an environmentally diverse area. This will alternate between tropical environments in collaboration with developing country partners. Students will be exposed to a number of topics and/or taken to a variety of sites which demonstrate a range of natural and managed vegetation, and a range of conservation and sustainability issues. Some of these will involve meeting and discussion with local experts. Most of the time will be spent implementing a minor research project. Supervised research method implementation and research report writing.
Teaching and learning Methods
Students will apply concepts acquired during theoretical lectures. Students must have completed the prior course "Preparing field work in the tropics" and will implement the project developed in that course. Each student will participate in a supervised group. Each group will conduct fieldwork, prepare and submit a course report. Two weeks field work in a developing country. Final report to be submitted two weeks after the field trip.
Learning Outcome
After finishing the course the student is expected to be able to:

Understand key contemporary issues in tropical forestry (group defined topics)

Understand key social and political influences on the management of natural resources by different groups of people in particular environmental contexts

Overview of data collection instruments and their limitations

Apply principles, theories and frameworks to locally specific knowledge/conditions

Plan and implement field work under difficult conditions; process relevant information in the field

Communicate clearly, concisely and confidently in written format

Make judgment of the usefulness of methods and the reliability of collected data as well as the significance of obtained results

Argue cogently and think critically within the parameters of a particular academic discipline

Demonstrate the values of scholarship: inquiry, reflection, integrity, open mindedness, evidence-based thinking, collegiality

Tackle problems by collecting, analysing and evaluating appropriate qualitative and quantitative information and using it creatively
Course Literature
Course material consists of selected scientific articles and book chapters. Students identify additional group specific literature.
Course Coordinator
Carsten Smith-Hall, cso@life.ku.dk, Forest & Landscape Denmark/Unit of Forestry, Phone: 353-31763
Study Board
Study Committee NSN
Work Load
project work140