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Global Forestry Field Course

6 ECTS E-learning Year 1 Semester 2 Compulsory Environmental sciences, Humanities, Integrative/inter/transdisciplinary, Tool


Students will gain experiences with field-level realities in a medium or low-income country, and develop and implement a minor research project related to sustainable global forestry. The course includes a field trip to a medium or low-income country (typically two to three weeks). The course will take place in an environmentally diverse area, which will alternate between environments in collaboration with European and Associate Partners in medium or low-income countries. Students will be exposed to a number of topics and/or taken to a variety of sites, which demonstrate a range of natural and managed vegetation, and a range of conservation and sustainability issues. Some of these will involve meeting and discussion with local experts. Most of the time, students will work in subject specific groups and implement a minor research project including data collection, data analysis, and reporting under the supervision of one GLOFOR and one Associate Partner faculty per group.

Learning outcomes

After finishing the course the student is expected to be able to:


  • Understand key contemporary issues in tropical forestry (group defined topics)
  • Understand key social and political influences on the management of natural resources by different groups of people in particular environmental contexts

Understand different data collection approaches, associated data collection instruments and their limitations


  • Apply principles, theories and frameworks to locally specific knowledge/conditions.
  • Plan and implement fieldwork under difficult conditions; process relevant information in the
  • Communicate clearly, concisely and confidently in written format.

Make judgment of the usefulness of methods and the reliability of collected data as well as the significance of obtained results.


  • Argue cogently and think critically within the parameters of a particular academic
  • Demonstrate the values of scholarship: inquiry, reflection, integrity, open mindedness, evidence- based thinking, and
  • Tackle problems by collecting, analysing and evaluating appropriate qualitative and quantitative information and using it creatively.

Teaching and learning methods

Students will apply concepts and methods in the field. Students must have completed the prior course “Preparing Global Forestry Fieldwork” and will implement the research project developed in that course. Each student will participate in a supervised group. Each group will conduct fieldwork, prepare and submit a course report. Fieldwork in a medium or low-income country. The student groups submit a final report after the field trip. In addition, students will orally present their preliminary findings while in the field.


Type of assessment

  • Individual and group
  • Written assignment, Oral presentation, Participation
  • Portfolio

    Students will present orally their preliminary findings, and submit a group field work report of max. 5000 words. Weight: Presentation 20%, Field report 80%. The final grade is calculated as the weighted average of the results from the part-examinations


  • Location : E-learning
  • ECTS granting : Technische Universität Dresden, University of Padua
  • Organisation : Czech University Of Life Sciences Prague, AgroParisTech, University of Copenhagen, University of Padua, Technische Universität Dresden, Other


Revolving coordination among GloFor universities