The Baltic Sea Environment

10 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 1BG405

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Biology G1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 25 April 2016
Responsible department
Biology Education Centre

Entry requirements

General entry requirements

Learning outcomes

After passing the course the student should be able to

  • account for the geography, geology and biology of the Baltic Region- the Baltic Sea's environmental problems, e.g. eutrophication, exploitation, pollutants- possible solutions for the Baltic Sea's environmental problems, e.g. nature conservation, technology, law, policy
  • analyse and evaluate issues related to the Baltic Sea's ecosystem
  • make comparative critical analyses of interdisciplinary solutions for environmental problems
  • independently carry out an excursion
  • independently gather information and write an essay


Geography and biology Under this theme are included The Baltic Sea's organisms and ecosystems, its geological history, the geography and biological diversity of the catchment area . Overfertilisation the Theme includes both effects of eutrophication and measures taken to decreased discharges.

Pollutants In the course, the theme is treated pollutants in a wide sense which includes the effects both of metals and of toxic organic substances.

Possible sequences of a changed climate are also discussed . Taken action Under this theme mainly economic and legal paths towards a better environment will be treated.

Furthermore, how can all of us contribute to a cleaner Baltic Sea and under which co-operation forms would we reach the best results ? The Baltic Sea's future Individual essay


The teaching is given mainly through tasks, advanced assignments and discussions via the course platform on Internet.

The course includes excursions and an independent project work.


In order to pass the course, passed results on the course's compulsory parts are required where written tests, specialisations and discussions correspond to 6 credits, excursion report corresponds to 2 credits and essay corresponds to 2 credits.

Other directives

Can not at the same time be included with 1BG507 The Baltic sea - Ecology and natural resources