Master’s studies

Syllabus for Our Natural Resources

Jordens resurser


  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1GV008
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Sustainable Development A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), 3, 4, 5
  • Established: 2007-03-15
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2016-09-15
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 37, 2016
  • Entry requirements: A bachelor degree, equivalent to a Swedish degree of at least 180 credits (i.e. three years of full-time study), within the natural sciences, technology, the social sciences, jurisprudence or the historical/philosophical subject areas.
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

After passing the course the student should be able to

  • describe the composition of, and interactions between, the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and lithosphere
  • identify and describe the occurrence and distribution of the most important abiotic and biotic natural resources on Earth
  • explain the connections between natural cycles that set the limitations for formation, occurrence and quality of abiotic and biotic natural resources
  • summarise environmental issues that are caused by exploitation and handling of natural resources
  • explain and apply the concept of environmental analysis with respect to natural resources and energy usage
  • decide which special competences and expert knowledge that are needed in matters of natural resources, and also propose where this competence/knowledge can be found


Abiotic and biotic natural resources' occurrence, formation and distribution on Earth, and fundamental processes affecting these. Global cycles from geological/hydrological and system ecological perspectives. Ecosystem services, ecological processes and biological diversity. Usage of natural resources. Usage of resources, effects on the environment and our health, ecological resilience. Global climate changes. Environmental law.


Lectures, project work, study visit, case studies and seminars. Participation in project work, study visit, case studies and seminars is compulsory.


Written take-home exam(7 credits). Moreover the compulsory work (project work, study visit, case studies and seminars) (3 credits), must be approved.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 38, 2016

  • Miller, G. Tyler; Spoolman, Scott Living in the environment

    Eighteenth edition.: Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning, 2013

    17th edition available in the Earth sciences library

    Find in the library

  • Relevant scientific articles

    Institutionen för geovetenskaper,