NGEK10011U  Environment, Society and Development (1+2)

Volume 2013/2014
MSc programme in Geography and Geoinformatics
MSc programme in Geology and Geoscience

This competence-line course teaches state-of the art research within the field Environment, society and development

Learning Outcome

Theoretical approaches to development geography, modernization theory, dependency theory, and post-development theory, participatory development, gender, and development ethics, human-environment interactions, human and political ecology, ecological economics and sustainability, land system science.


  • read scientific literature related to the course subjects.
  • apply, evaluate and analyse methods, theories and data related to the course subjects.
  • use correct scientific definitions and terms.
  • give a short, concise and well-illustrated oral presentation on the basis of scientific papers.
  • write a short, concise report aimed at colleagues within the business world, public institutions or research institutions.


identify and work out proposal for solving comlex geographical problems using theory, data and methods

conduct and carry out large scale field work, data collection and subsequent analyses

access own professional geographical skills in relation to other subjects

cooporate and work with people from other professions

 Please see Absalon course page.

BSc in Geography and Geoinformatics or equivalent
The form of teaching and work will be class teaching with active participation of students by means of student presentations and group-work.
Students can choose to follow block 1 only by signing up for the course "Environment, Society and Development (1)" instead and get 7.5 ECTS credits based on the teachers' approval of the assignment.
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 30 minutes
Written assignment
The written assignment is prepared during the course and must be handed in prior to the exam week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as its point of departure. It includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list.

All students must hand in a written assignment after block 1. The assignment must be approved by the teacher. Students must have an approved block 1 assignment to continue with the course and participate in the block 2 exam.
Without aids
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assesment
Please see learning outcome
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Theory exercises
  • 70
  • Project work
  • 70
  • Preparation
  • 272
  • Total
  • 412