The course starts with an introduction to ecology and human ecology to increase the awareness about the interactions between human society and the surrounding nature and the ecosystem services. The second part of the course treats natural resources and human activity from an over-all perspective. This part of the course also contains training in information search and scientific writing. Finally, the course focuses on the conditions for industrial production and the professional role of the engineer. Environmental management schemes as well as environmental legislation are treated. The aim of the course is to generate an awareness of the necessity for an ecologically, socially and economically sustainable development, lifestyle and production system.
The city of Kalmar is situated on the southeast coast of Sweden. Kalmar is a beautiful city with 65,000 inhabitants and a long history dating back to the Middle Ages, with many cosy neighbourhoods and great charm. The lush green areas surrounding Kalmar Castle and the city park are many students' favourite.
The proximity to the ocean and the island of Öland has left its mark on the city and there are many long pedestrian paths along the coast. It is never far to anything in Kalmar and most places can be reached in just 5-10 minutes' walk – the university, the ocean, the gym, or the city centre, Kvarnholmen.
In Kalmar the university buildings and student accommodations are spread throughout the town and are well integrated with the historical surroundings – making students feel part of the town.