737323 Biophysical concepts and methods of social ecology: Practical application

Exercise and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Eisenmenger, Nina , Gaube, Veronika , Lauk, Christian
Offered in
Sommersemester 2024
Languages of instruction


This course builds on the course “Biophysical concepts and methods of social ecology: introduction ”, where the students developed a basic understanding of biophysical and socio-ecological methods indicators, in particular material and energy flow accounting (MEFA), social appropriation of net primary production (HANPP), life cycle analysis (LCA), footprint family, and carbon accounting as applied in the Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement. In this course then, students will deepen the understanding of socio-ecological methods, and will learn to critically discuss strengths and limitations of different indicators and accounting frameworks in their practical application

Previous knowledge expected

successful participation in the course “Biophysical concepts and methods of social ecology: introduction”.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

After successful completion of the course, students have an in-depth understanding of key biophysical concepts to analyze society-nature interactions and methods of social-ecology. Students have applied different methods in practical exercises, calculated several indicators and learned about options and limitations of different socio-ecological methods. They gained practical knowledge in the application of biophysical methods and the interpretation of biophysical socio-ecological indicators.
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