NIFK23005U People, Poverty and Environmental Change
MSc Programme in Environment and Development
MSc Programme in Global Environment and Development
MSc Programme in Global Forestry
The world is experiencing rapid and unprecedented changes, including the depletion of environmental resources. This has profound adverse effects on people and communities who rely on these resources for their livelihoods. An open question is also whether poverty drives environmental degradation or whether the causality predominantly runs in the opposite direction. Balancing environmental and social concerns and achieving sustainability is an analytical and practical challenge.
In this course, we focus on poverty and environmental change. We explore key concepts and perspectives from social science disciplines focusing on livelihood strategies and how they change over time. The course is research-based and develops students’ quantitative and qualitative skills through working with original research data. We use cases to highlight the relationship between environmental resources, institutional arrangements, poverty and wellbeing. And we discuss how external factors such as climate change, market forces, and state legislation affect local resource control and access and how that affects rural livelihoods.
A vital component of the course is its focus on both quantitative and qualitative tools for understanding and analyzing rural livelihoods. This provides students with a solid foundation for critically assessing and reflecting on academic representations of livelihoods and linking local issues to broader developmental processes. Through this work, we aim to provide students essential skills for conducting thesis work involving fieldwork in the Global South.
The course aims to provide participants with a thorough
understanding of the connection between poverty and environmental
change as it materializes through people's livelihood
activities and enable students to critically reflect on
methodological and analytical strategies for exploring this nexus.
After completing the course, students should be able to:
Discuss strengths and weaknesses of different livelihoods approaches
Discuss the spatio-temporal variations of livelihoods
Discuss the relationship between local institutions and livelihood outcomes
Discuss how economic, environmental, and political processes affect rural livelihoods
Analyse quantitative and qualitative household-level data
Critically assess approaches to livelihood data collection and analysis
Develop methodologies for livelihood analysis
Cooperate with peers to integrate different disciplinary approaches to livelihoods analysis
Towards the end of the course, students should be able to critically reflect on and discuss outcomes and processes of rural livelihoods and different methodological and analytical strategies for understanding these.
The course curriculum consists of state-of-the-art book chapters and journal articles that are made available during the course.
If you are registered with examination attempts in NIFK20007U Livelihoods and Environmental Change, LNAK10083U Rural Livelihoods and Natural Resources Governance or NIFK18002U Interdisciplinary Approaches to Rural Livelihoods without having passed the course, you have to use your last examination attempts to pass the exam in this course. You have a total of three examination attempts.
- Class Instruction
- Practical exercises
Lecturer’s written feedback on online discussions, peer feedback on online discussions, lecturer’s written feedback on written assignments, lecturer’s oral feedback during in-class empirical exercises.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignment, made during the block
- Type of assessment details
- An individual essay of 2000 words in which students analyse a case-based problem using a combination of qualitative and quantitative insights and discuss the results using scientific literature.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
one internal examiner
Re-examination will be a 2000-word essay. Students will get 24 hours to write the essay.
Criteria for exam assesment
See description of 'Learning outcome'
- Course code
- 7,5 ECTS
- Full Degree Master
- 1 block
- Block 2
- Course capacity
- Maximum 40 participants
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
- Study Board of Natural Resources, Environment and Animal Science
- Department of Food and Resource Economics
- Faculty of Science
- Martin Reinhardt Nielsen (4-7e837f7a517a7783803f7c863f757c)
Martin Reinhardt Nielsen