BENY3031 Nature under Threat 2: Red-List Assessments in Finland and Globally (1 cr)

Study level:
Other studies
Grading scale:
Pass - fail
English, Finnish
Responsible organisation:
Department of Biological and Environmental Science
Coordinating organisation:
Open University, Department of Biological and Environmental Science
Curriculum periods:
2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024


Assessing endangerment of species and ecosystems is a key tool in measuring biodiversity loss, informing conservation, and following the impacts of conservation actions. This course clarifies how the risks of extinction and ecological collapse (for species and ecosystems, respectively) are evaluated as parts of red-list assessments that are conducted according to the IUCN methodology. The importance of ecological principles, collaboration, and background data behind red-listing are emphasized.

Learning outcomes

After finishing this course the student:

  • is able to describe how red-list assessments are done for species and ecosystems
  • knows which criteria are used to evaluate the risks of extinction (for species) and ecological collapse (for ecosystems)
  • is able to explain why red-list assessments are based on broad collaboration
  • is able to search information from red-list databases (IUCN, Finnish Red Lists).

Compulsory prerequisites

Study materials


Completion methods

These completion methods are for University of Jyväskylä degree students. Other options:

Method 1

Evaluation criteria:
Verkkokurssi arvioidaan hyväksytyksi, kun opiskelija on suorittanut pakolliset kurssiaktiviteetit.
Time of teaching:
Period 1, Period 2, Period 3, Period 4, Period 5
Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Independent study (1 cr)

Independent study
Grading scale:
Pass - fail
English, Finnish