Baltic Sea Environment
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Läänemere regiooni elukeskkond
Course title in English
Baltic Sea Environment
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
Assessment form
lecturer of 2020/2021  Autumn semester
õppejõud on määramata
lecturer of 2020/2021  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
One of the courses within the international Baltic University Programme. The aim is to give a deepened interdisciplinary survey of the environmental state of the Baltic Sea and its catchment area, natural resources and the ways of their exploitation. Technical, economical and legislative measures aimed at keeping the state of the environment under control and future solutions will be discussed. The course is provided with printed and video material in the English language.
Brief description of the course
An overview is given of the physical geography of the region, vegetation zones in the catchment area of the Baltic Sea, biota, history of human settlement and human impact on the environment. The movement of nutrients in the human society and eutrophication in the Baltic region are discussed. Attention is paid on the impact of hazardous subjects on living organisms, problems relating with the protection of water, air and soils, international co-operation in the field of environment protection, environmental ethics and life style and prospects of sustainable society.
Independent work
The students prepare for the seminars individually or in groups working through texts given them by the teacher.
Learning outcomes in the course
Has an overview of natural resources in the Baltic Sea Region and ways of their use;
Is capable of comparing the ways of natural resources management and directions of social development from the standpoint of sustainable development.
Assessment methods
Participation in the studies is needed, because the work in the classroom includes both lectures and seminars. Participation in the studies must be at least 80%. The students prepare for seminars independently or in groups. The course ends with a written examination. Part of the questions is received from the Secretariate of the Baltic University, part of the questions are from Tallinn University. Those who have successfully passed the exam will receive an international English-language certificate issued by The Baltic University Programme & Uppsala University and confirmed by Tallinn University.
dots Tiina Elvisto
Replacement literature
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Koost.: V. Masing.(1992). Ökoloogialeksikon. Tallinn: Eesti Entsüklopeediakirjastus. 320 lk.
Oja, A. jt. 2003. Keskkonnaeetikast säästva ühiskonna eetikani: Inimese ja looduse vaheline tasakaal kui jätkusuutlikkuse aluspõhimõte. Tallinn: SEI väljaanne nr. 5. 196 lk.
Santti, R., jt. (1996). Muutuv keskkond ja tervis. Tallinn: Eesti Loodusfoto. 165 lk.
Säästva arengu sõnaseletusi. (2000). Tallinn: SEI väljaanne nr. 1. 94 lk.