Interdisciplinary workshop on Environmental vulnerabilities in the globalizing world 5 cr.

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HENVI organises annually an environmental special course and a workshop, which are linked to the theme of the HENVI Science Day. We invite the speakers of the Science Day to act as visiting teachers of the workshop.

Theme of workshop course in spring 2016 in the 4th teaching period is Environmental vulnerabilities in the globalizing world.


Course information

Course info

Environmental special course at the Helsinki University Centre for Environment -

5 ECTS credits


Helsinki University Centre for Environment HENVI

Responsible teacher
Janna Pietikäinen, university lecturer of environmenatal teaching

Time 4. teaching period; 23 March - 10 May 2016
Place and working methods

Week 1: Course start.
Time: Wed 23 March at 12-16 pm. Compulsory to all.
Venue: Viikki Environment house, Viikinkaari 2a, seminar hall 2017, 2nd floor

Weeks 1-6: Work in groups, web based.

Group work is web based in Moodle. Meetings once a week. Group selects for every week captein, who calls group members to meet. , Times and places may be agreed on by each group.

Week 4: Preliminary work presented to supervisors. Informal oral presentations.

Week 7. Turn in group report.

NB Week 8. Workshop with international experts.
Time: Mon 9 May at 12-16 pm.
Venue: Minerva Plaza hall , Siltavuorenpenger, City Center Campus

Reports of the groups.
All students read the reports before the workshop

Group 1: Enhancing adaptive capacity of the agricultural communities across regions - the role of institutions

Group 2:Quantifying climate change induced effects upon glaciers and their impact on ecosystem services (resubmitted)

Group 3: Is there a role for power relations in climate vulnerability and ecosystem services discourses? (resubmitted)


Workshop schedule

12:15-30 Opening of the workshop
12:30-13:30 Group 1. Presentation, commenting, discussion.
13:30-45 coffee
13:45-14:45 Group 2. Presentation, commenting, discussion.
14:45-15:45 Group 3. Presentation, commenting, discussion.


Oodi logo In WebOodi 8 Feb -9 March 2016

In connection to registration in Weboodi, students are asked to list groups in their actual order of preference, beginning with rank #1 for the most preferred group.

We accept students to the groups using following principles:
- first come first served: time of course enrollment
- possibility to form multidisciplinary groups with students representing natural sciences and social sciences
- maximum number of students in the course is 18

Aim The aim of the workshop is to help students with different backgrounds (i.e., natural sciences, humanities or social sciences) to deepen their understanding of issues dealing with environmental reseach and its role in the society and decision making. We aim at concentrating on subjects represented by those invited speakers of the HENVI Science Day who act as workshop teachers.

International experts acting as visiting teachers

Prof. Barry Smit, University of Guelph, Canada
Prof. Andrea Nightingale, SLU, Sweden
Dr. Rachel Warren, University of East Anglia
Prof. Farhana Sultana, University of Syracuse

Group work themes

Students work in groups.

The themes of the groups are:

1) Vulnerability and adaption of communities and socio-economic systems to global environmental changes (Workshop with Professor Smit)

2) Key risks of climate change and quantifying climate change impacts (Workshop with Dr. Warren)

3) Inequalities and power relations in the context of socio-ecological change. (Workshop with Professor Sultana and Professor Nightingale)


Working environment

Group work is conducted web-based in Moodle

Group work is done as internet based e-learning using closed group work sites in a web-based teaching platform Moodle

Link to moodleDirect link to course Moodle site

The key needed for entering the site has been sent to all accepted students in welcoming email on 15 Mar

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The course is open to all university students at intermediate or advanced level in their studies.

We aim to form multidisciplinary working groups with students from natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. Accordingly we hope to get registrations from all faculties and disciplines.

Course on the web The course group work and preparing the reports for the workshop is done using the learning platform Moodle.
Student feedback

Will be collected after the course and published here.



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The previous HENVI workshops have covered following topics


Logo 2015 Stephanie Lindstrom2015: Circular Economy and Sustainable Food Systems


Baltic Sea 2014: Past and Future Challenges in the Baltic Sea


Forest2013: Interdsciplinary approach to forests and climate change.


(c) Lindstrom 2012: Ecosystem services in urban areas


Science Days 2011 logo 2011: Why does society need environmental research


(c) Jurvetson _Flickr 2010: Man-made substances and the environment


Water2009: Water use and climate change