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Mapping Changing Ecosystems: Understanding Our Impact on the Natural Environment

  • Number of credits 7.5 credits
  • Level Bachelor's level
  • Study form Web-based (online)
  • Starting Spring Term 2022

About the course

The course will use a particular case study area to explore its value in human culture, natural resources of the past and future, ecosystems and impact on climate regulation on a planetary and future-oriented scale.  We will use collective research and mapping to bring information together in an innovative way, to point out conflicts of interest and symbiotic relationships, in order to gain a deeper understanding of what is really happening in some of the most precious natural environments on our planet. We will chart their value to understand the dangers they are facing and how we might balance them.
The course will touch on radical cartographies, analyse value systems; such as ecosystem services, the wealth economy, embedded carbon footprint and modern slavery supply chains. We will analyse and map the relationships between biodiversity, human labour management, geo-capitalism and the value of clean natural resources such as freshwater and oxygen. The output of the course will be a set of large complex drawings and models which will present these interrelations combining latest data modelling techniques, input from experts living and working with communities on the ground, the analysis of historic information and first-hand contemporary narratives.

Application and eligibility

Mapping Changing Ecosystems: Understanding Our Impact on the Natural Environment, 7.5 credits

Det finns inga tidigare terminer för kursen Spring Term 2022 Visa tillfällen för efterkommande termin


17 January 2022


5 June 2022

Study location




Type of studies

Daytime, 25%, Distance

Number of mandatory meetings

No mandatory meetings.

Number of other meetings


Required Knowledge

General entry requirements Entry requirements


Results-National university aptitude test-Academic credits Applicants in some programs at Umeå University have guaranteed admission to this course. The number of places for a single course may therefore be limited.

Application code



Application deadline was 15 October 2021. Please note: This second application round is intended only for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens. Submit a late application at

Application and tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

Application fee

SEK 900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK 23,400

Total fee

SEK 23,400

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