NIGK20001U Rural-Urban Transformations in the Global South
MSc Programme in Environment and Development
MSc Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics
MSc Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics with a minor subject
The aim of the course is to provide an in-depth theoretical and empirical understanding of rural and urban transformations in the Global South. The course outlines contemporary trends in rural development and urbanization and how these processes interact with sustainable development. The course examines how rural and urban transformations are inextricably linked economically, politically, socially and environmentally and considers the contribution of rural-urban connections, small town growth, multi-local householding, rural-urban migration, peri-urban expansion and proliferations of urban informality to these transformations. The vulnerability and resilience of rural and urban communities are analysed in relation to wider rural-urban transformations and linked with local, national and global drivers of change – such as economic globalisation, international political agendas and global environmental change (including climate change). The theoretical literature underpinning rural-urban transformations informs the comparison of case studies from Africa, Asia and Latin America. The course considers how rural-urban transformations are situated in and contribute towards the global agenda on sustainable development (the SDGs).
Rural-urban transformation, sustainable development, urbanization, rural development, small town growth, rural-urban connections, migration, multi-locality, peri-urban expansion, informality, vulnerability, resilience
- Identify relevant theories and methodologies for analysing rural-urban transformations in the Global South.
- Critically evaluate research methods for the assessment of rural and urban transformations, including both quantitative and qualitative tools.
- Use appropriate data to measure urbanization, population change, urban expansion and migration.
- Describe the importance of vulnerability and resilience in studying rural and urban communities.
- Outline the theoretical approaches to rural-urban transformations and how these relate to debates within human geography and the broader social sciences.
- Describe empirical aspects of rural and urban transformations in the Global South, including the significance of urbanization, rural development, rural-urban connections, small town growth, multi-locality, rural-urban migration, peri-urban expansion and urban informality.
- Consider the potential impact of global, national and local policies on rural and urban transformations and how these transformations can be supported in a sustainable, inclusive and equitable manner.
Please see Absalon.
Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
It is not allowed to pass both courses.
- Theory exercises
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Oral examination, 20 minutesThe oral exam takes point of departure in questions shared with the students one week before the exam.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Several internal examiners.
Re-examination is identical to the ordinary exam.
Criteria for exam assesment
See learning outcome.