The aim of part I of the Advancements in Ecology course is that the student will arrive at an understanding of the development of important research topics in ecology and environmental studies. This also includes some of the theory and philosophy of science in the ecological field.
Lectures will (hopefully) be in an interactive form, and are given by professor emeritus Jan Landin, who has a long experience in teaching this subject. Take the opportunity to ask questions and discuss with him during the lecture times given!
Each seminar is headed by one of the participants, with a second participant keeping the record and summarizing the main points in the end of the seminar.
It is mandatory for each of you to submit minimum 2 issues that you want to discuss during the seminar to the seminar leader latest at lunchtime the day before the seminar. This will enable the person chairing the seminar to prepare in due time. A copy of the issues should also be sent to Karin T.
Cited from wikipedia:
‘An essay is typically a short piece of writing, usually from an author's personal point of view. Essays are non-fiction but often subjective; while expository, they can also include narrative. Essays can be literary criticism, political manifestos, learned arguments, observations of daily life, recollections, and reflections of the author.’
The purpose of the essay that you are to write is to share with us some more in-depth thoughts about the actual meaning of some the theories and concepts that we use in ecology and environmental science. It is expected that at least three papers (or chapters in books, or other essays) will be read and used to support the process of thinking and writing the essay.