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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
SUSTAINABLE TERRITORIAL DEVELOPMENT
Course unit
GLOBAL CHANGE, ECO-SYSTEMS AND SUSTAINABILITY
SUP7080479, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SUSTAINABLE TERRITORIAL DEVELOPMENT
IA2447, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination GLOBAL CHANGE, ECO-SYSTEMS AND SUSTAINABILITY
Website of the academic structure www.dissgea.unipd.it
Department of reference Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch Univ. of Leuven
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in SUSTAINABLE TERRITORIAL DEVELOPMENT

Lecturers
No lecturer assigned to this course unit

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines AGR/01 Rural economy and evaluation 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
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Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Syllabus
Examination methods: There is a wide range of evaluation approaches. These approaches concern formative and summative objectives. This is in line with targeted learning outcomes that focus on knowledge and insights, application skills and communication in a balanced way.
The variety of evaluation approaches is also due to the fact that the courses are offered in combinations with different study programs belonging to different universities.
The first group of exams is written and usually, essays are written. This type of evaluation allows a more creative and research-oriented approach. When the essay reflects student research, it must show the ability to clearly formulate research questions, organize and conduct research, apply appropriate methods, be able to collect data in the field and analyze that data.
Next, students must be able to discuss the results and include them in the broader scientific debate. Furthermore, the structure and writing of the essay must comply with the correct and academic writing rules. In many cases, the evaluation of the process, peer evaluation and/or presentation are related to the quality of the essay writing.
The second group of exams is implemented orally. This way they can be customized and are more interactive. Many courses have a policy of oral exams as a standardized procedure (questions, presentation, peer/self-assessment). This allows students to express themselves actively and dialogically.
Oral exams are particularly suited to test understanding/insights and the application of knowledge as they encourage students to produce clear communication and express their personal attitudes. As for the essays, an integrative oral evaluation allows a more creative and research-oriented approach.
Intermediate evaluations are generally used in an educational way to provide students with timely feedback, while final evaluations are used in a summative manner. Peer evaluation results can influence an individual's final grade.
Course unit contents: - Current day impact on ecosystems and the Planetary Boundary framework.
- The value of nature (ecological, economic, cultural and social benefits of nature).
- Global warming.
- Landscape alteration and ecological restoration – ecosystem engineering.
- Disruption of mutualisms and the pollinator crisis.
- Land sharing vs. land sparing.
- Ecological intensification and organic agriculture.
- Crop wild relatives.
- Fisheries.
- Sustainable aquaculture.

The practicals part will consist of a series of seminars that will be taught by invited experts in the field of global change biology. The topics of the seminars will reflect contemporary issues in fundamental and applied research in global change biology.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)