Environment and sustainable development
Environmental and Regional Studies (3rd level)Modul:
Biodiversity and ecology (3rd Cycle)
Paleobiology and sedimentary geology (3rd Cycle)
Regional studies (3rd Cycle)
Course code: DT002
Year of study: 1st year
Assoc. Prof. Urban Šilc, Ph. D.
Workload: lectures 40 hours, seminar 20 hours, individual work 120 hours.
Course type: mandatory
Languages: Slovene, English
Learning and teaching methods: lectures, seminar, e-learning
Course syllabus (download)
Finished second Bologna level in the appropriate field or University degree VII.
Content (Syllabus outline):
- biodiversity, evaluation of biodiversity
- reasons for biodiversity loss
- basic methodology of conservation biology / nature conservation
- sources of environmental pollution, their operation and environmental impacts (transport, agriculture, industry and mining, energy, households)
- society’s responses to human impacts on the environment, environmental paradigm for sustainable development
- modern environmental problems in cities and the role of green spaces
- understanding natural disasters as part of the modern landscape, natural disasters as a limiting and stimulating factor for economic development
- modern management of natural disasters
- the link between the biodiversity loss due to environmental pollution and impact of nature on society through natural hazards because of negative human actions
- Kryštufek,B.,1999:Osnove varstvene biologije.Tehniška založba Slovenije.Ljubljana.
- Pullin, A.S, 2002: Conservation Biology, Cambridge University Press, Cambrdige.
- Dennis, R. L. H., 2010: A Resource-Based Habitat View for Conservation: Butterflies in the British Landscape, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford.
- Smrekar, A., Breg Valjavec, M., Polajnar Horvat, K., Tiran, J. 2019: The geography of urban environmental protection in Slovenia: The case of Ljubljana. Geoscapes 1. Ljubljana.
- Nauser, M., Steiner, D. 2016: Human Ecology. London, New York. Routledge.
- Komac, B., Zorn, M. 2007: Pobočni procesi in človek [Slope processes and man]. Geografija Slovenije 15. Založba ZRC, Ljubljana.
- Keller, E. A. DeVecchio, D. E., Blodgett, R. H. 2019: Natural hazards : Earth’s processes as hazards, disasters, and catastrophes. London, New York. Routledge.
Objectives and competences:
- basic knowledge of the nature conservation challenges and their solutions
- basic knowledge of environmental pollution sources and understanding their operation and impacts on the environment
- understanding of the fundamental interdependence between spatial development of society and natural processes in the case of natural hazards
- ability to comprehend the city as an ecosystem and awareness of the importance of green spaces in cities, understanding city as a part of a wider landscape
- understanding the paradigm of sustainable development and its importance for the management of modern cities
Intended learning outcomes:
- understanding the evaluation of biodiversity patterns and the ecosystems functioning
- in-depth understanding of selected modern nature conservation and environmental issues, as reflected in natural disasters, and their management
- the ability to identify sources of environmental pollution and their impacts on landscape
- the ability to identify the long-term interaction between natural and social elements of the landscape in the case of a complex system such as natural disasters
- the ability to comprehensively evaluate the urban environment and green spaces in cities, e.g. in the light of climate change
- ability to understand the complexity of the paradigm of sustainable development and its integration into human activity
Oral exam (80 %), written paper (20 %).