Study unit
3513187 Global virtual seminar, 3 Cp  
Code 3513187  Validity 27.01.2021 -
Name Global virtual seminar  Abbreviation Global virtual 
Credits 3 Cp Date of expiry  
TypeAdvanced Studies Subject0951 Forestry 
ClassStudy Unit  Hours  
Study right   Grading0-5 
Recommended scheduling 
Organisation Forest Sciences (J) 

Timo Tokola 

Learning outcomes 

Upon successful completion of this course the students should be able to have a global view about the sustainable development goals (SDGs) with a special focus on the chosen topic. Students will familiarize themselves with the chose topic by interviewing experts and by critically examining recent scientific literature on the chosen topic. The topics will vary between the years, and will focus on, e.g., different elements of the SDGs in different countries. The final virtual seminar will provide students an in-depth view on differences and similarities between countries on the chosen topic. 


The course consists of three elements: (1) The introductory lectures will introduce the study methods and the available topics. (2) Each group will prepare a proposal how to investigate the topic. All students prepare an individual presentation (10 min) based on the findings from interviews and literature. (3) Each group will firstly present the preliminary findings to all other students and supervisors internally and secondly prepare a final presentation (20 min) about the chosen topic for the final virtual seminars that ends the course. 

Modes of study 

Introductory lectures (approx. 4 h), interviews and group work (approx. 20 h), seminar (approx. 4 h) and self-studies (approx. 20 h).

Study materials 

Available in Moodle

Evaluation criteria 

0-5 The grading will be as follows: 40% (individual presentation) and 60% (group presentation). Contents: sound concept for investigating topic (20%), critical evaluation of the national achievements regarding the SDGs (20%), comprehensive comparison between the countries (20%); Presentation: style and layout of the presentation (20%), use of ICT and skills in presenting (20%). 


Teachers from different MSc EF Consortium universities. Contact person in Joensuu: Professor of Forest Information Systems Timo Tokola.


Academic year 2021-2022: Introductory lectures during Trends in European Forestry -course, monthly check-point meetings and the final seminar in April.


Joensuu campus

Further information 

MSc European Forestry students. The course includes the elements of sustainable development (i.e. ecological principles, management of natural resources and climate change). The language of instruction for this course is English.


Letter (J, K) in front of the name of the course/exam indicates the campus on which teaching or exam takes place: J = Joensuu, K = Kuopio.

Present and future teaching
No teaching

Future exams
No exams