Humans and Biosphere (HB)

Graduate Program (& Advanced Certificate) Status

Course Level: 
Master’s
Campus: 
Vienna
Course Open to: 
Students on-site
Remote students
Academic Year: 
2021-2022
Term: 
Fall
US Credits: 
1
ECTS Credits: 
2
Course Description: 

The course is giving a broad overview of the main problems associated with interaction of humans and biosphere, it discusses human impact on atmosphere, hydrosphere (both marine and fresh waters), forest resources, soils. The course covers the following issues: demographic transtion, climate change, ozone depletion, acid rain problems, depletion and pollution of water resources, environmental impacts of forestry and agriculture, threats to biodiversity. There will be also brief analysis of measures (such as international environmental agreements) aiming to prevent or combat negative impacts of humans on biosphere, and peculiarities of their implementation. In the end, concepts of ecological footprint and ecosystem services will be briefly introduced. The main aim of this introductory course  is to give students understanding of the key concepts of environmental impact and associated ecological issues at different scales (global, regional and local levels), as well as overiview of remediation efforts.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Understanding of the main factors of population dynamics and related environmental issues
  • Understanding of key human-induced processes affecting the biosphere
  • Understanding of main remediation policies implemented in the past and present

Assessment: 

Written exam

Prerequisites: 

None