Checking date: 06/06/2022

Course: 2023/2024

Ecosystems and Planetary Health
Master in Global Sustainable Development and Global Governance (Plan: 473 - Estudio: 376)

Coordinating teacher: OZEL SERBETÇI, ISIK

Department assigned to the subject: Social Sciences Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Comprehension of the changes in the biological diversity at various scales (regional and global) and levels of ecological organization (species, communities, ecosystems and landscapes). Incorporation of the idea of planetary limit and its relations with the environmental threats. Comprehension of the cities as complex ecosystems interacting with other systems of the environment.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
-Anthropocene, the notion and the implications. Main features of the era of global change -The self-imposed environmental threats: Climate change, biodiversity loss, the increased risk of pandemics, -The role of local culture and native indigenous people, atmospheric pollution, plastics, nitrogen. -Important problems and obstacles: agriculture and food provision, healthy diet, disinformation. -The social and economic dimension of environmental crisis.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 40
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 60

Basic Bibliography
  • Sachs, Jeffrey. The Age of Sustainable Development. Columbia University Press. 2015

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.