NIGK14009U  Land Use Transitions in the Global South

Volume 2017/2018
Education

MSc programme in Geography and Geoinformatics
MSc Programme in Agricultural Development
MSc Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics with a Minor Subject

Content

The aim of the course is to provide an overview of the dominant contemporary land use transitions taking place in transition economies and developing countries and discuss how recent advances in land systems science are applied to understand these transitions. Using case studies from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific, the course explores physical, socio-economic as well as institutional aspects of land use and land use change. The course moreover explores land-use transitions within the framework of ongoing international debates such as economic globalization, global food crises, biofuel production, large scale land acquisitions and nature conservation as well as local and distant drivers of land-use transitions and geographic displacement of land use in the telecoupled world. Land use planning and issues related to the management of land and natural resources in the Global South are also discussed as is the role of Geographic Information Science (GIS) and satellite based land use change monitoring and scenarios to characterize the transitions. Overall the course aims at analyzing land use change through a range of analytical lenses and the possibilities and constraints of different analytical and methodological approaches will be assessed. Topics of particular interest to the participating students will be identified at the beginning of the course and will receive more in depth attention.

Learning Outcome

Knowledge:

Dominant land use transitions in the Global South, theoretical aspects and terminology of land use change and land systems science, main local and global drivers of land use transitions, barriers to change, implications of global processes for local land use, impacts of local and global land management policies for land use in the South, practical aspects of land use change research in the Global South including satellite based monitoring and scenario building.

 

Skills:

  • Identify emerging issues in land systems science and land use transitions in the Global South, acquire in depth knowledge of a particular issue, and subsequently present and discuss this issue

  • Assess the potential impact of global, national and local drivers on land use transitions

  • Identify relevant theories and monitoring tools for analysis of land use change in the Global South

 

Competences:

  • Discuss and critically reflect upon different aspects of land use transitions in the Global South

  • Analyze and describe drivers and impacts of particular land use transitions

  • Analyze, assess and apply results, methods, theory and data in connection with land use transitions in the Global South

Please see Absalon course page.

BSc in Geography and Geoinformatics or equivalent is recommended.
The form of teaching is theory exercises combined with ad hoc lectures. For the teaching plan, please see Absalon.
Credit
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment, during course
The written assignment is prepared during the course and handed in during the exam week.
Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners.
Re-exam

Resubmission of written assignment during the re-examination week.

Criteria for exam assesment

Please see learning outcomes.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Theory exercises
  • 35
  • Project work
  • 35
  • Preparation
  • 136
  • Total
  • 206