NIGK14047U Environment, Society and Development (Part 1) - Development Geography

Volume 2015/2016

MSc programme in Geography and Geoinformatics


This competence-line course teaches state-of the art research within the field environment, society and development with a specific focus on understanding theoretical approaches to development geography in the Global South. It is recommended that students also follow the course Environment, Society and Development (part 2).

Learning Outcome


Understanding theoretical approaches to development geography, modernization theory, dependency theory, and post-development theory, participatory development, gender, and development ethics.


  • 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 professional world, public institutions or research institutions.


Identify and develop proposals for solving complex geographical problems based on theories used in human geography.

Assess own professional geographical skills in relation to other disciplines

 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