NIGK14042U Transformations of Cities and Landscapes: Globalisation and Local Strategies (Part 2)

Volume 2015/2016
MSc Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics

The majority of economic, political and social activity is today formed by urbanisation and an increasing number of people are living and working in city-regions – including peri-urban settings. At the same time, many cities and peripheral regions are struggling with job losses, industrial restructuring and depopulation, and thus, many countries face new forms of spatially economic and social inequalities. The course examines these changes and provides an overview of the dynamics of urban and peri-urban areas. The course focuses on the geographical consequences of the social, political and economic processes in contemporary urban, peri-urban and rural and peripheral areas. This includes a focus on the understanding of urban and peri-urban transformations, space and place and the conceptualisation of cities and landscapes. The course combines theoretical debates with a diversity of empirical studies to understand the contemporary transformations of cities and landscapes.

The form of teaching and work will be class teaching with active participation of students including group-work etc.

Learning Outcome

Globalisation, re-territorialisation, city-regions, transformation of urban and rural areas, urban-rural relationships, outer city, small and medium sized cities, the rise of the creative city, commuting patterns, mobility, governance, planning, spatial development and the geographical consequences of the social, political and economic processes in contemporary urban, peri-urban and rural areas.

Read scientific literature related to the transformations of cities and landscapes. Evaluate and analyse methods, theories and empirical data and evidence. Use correct scientific definitions and terms. Give a short, concise and well-illustrated oral presentation on the basis of scientific papers.

Identify the central changes in cities and landscapes and analyse the recent political, social and economic transformation of cities and landscapes. Discuss the relations between the main social, political and economic changes and their geographical consequences in urban, peri-urban and rural areas.

Identify and analyse the new spaces of production and every day life, using key concepts, central theoretical perspectives and empirical material.

Identify the main changes in spatial planning including and have an understanding of the central theories and their implications for local development.


Please see Absalon course page.

BSc in Geography and Geoinformatics or equivalent.
The form of teaching is theory exercises combined with ad hoc lectures. For the teaching plan, please see Absalon.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 136
  • Project work
  • 35
  • Theory exercises
  • 35
  • Total
  • 206
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Oral examination, 20 minutes
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 aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assesment

Please see learning outcome