The course demonstrates the influence of human beings on the development of cultural landscape through time. An overview of the major traditional cultural landscapes in the Nordic countries is given, with examples showing how land-use practices in forestry and agriculture have contributed to shaping these landscapes. The way the structure and diversity of these systems depend on human influence for maintenance is demonstrated by considering land-use ecologically as a manipulation of the system's productivity and secondary successions. The course has a limited number of places. Students accepted to master's programmes at the Department of Biology will be given prority.
The aims of this course include providing students with an overview of the enormous influence agricultural practices have exerted on landscapes, and the consequences of change in land-use practices, as well as providing practical experience of land-use planning.
Level of Study
Semester of Instruction
Spring, is taught every other year (odd numbered years), next time 2025.
This course has a limited capacity, enrolment is based on application. The application deadline is Wednesday in week 2 for the spring semester. Please see this page for more information. You will receive confirmation of whether you received a seat in Studentweb no later than Monday the week after the deadline.
It is compulsory to attend the first lecture/orientation meeting, or you risk losing your seat. If you are unable to attend the first lecture, you must contact the Study Section (email@example.com). The time of the first lecture/orientation meeting can be found in the schedule on the course website or on Mitt UiB.
Required Previous Knowledge
Compulsory courses in bachelor's in biology, bachelor's in archaeology or bachelor's in geology/earth sciences.
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Courses in paleoecology and/or archaeology.
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures and exercises
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Essay on a cultural landscape type, excursions. Approved mandatory activities are valid for 6 semesters.
Forms of Assessment
Written exam, 3 hours.
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and december 1st for the spring semester.
Students will evaluate the course in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the Department. You can find courseevaluations in the Quality Assurance Reports.
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.
This course is administered by the Department of Biological Sciences.