NIGK14009U Land Use Transitions 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 overview of the dominant contemporary land use transitions taking place in low and middle income countries and discuss how recent advances in land systems science are applied to understand these transitions. Based on theory and case studies, the course explores biophysical, socio-economic as well as institutional aspects of land use and land use change with specific focus on developing causal explanations for land use transitions. The course moreover explores land use transitions within the framework of ongoing international debates related to sustainable development such as economic globalization, large scale land acquisitions and nature conservation as well as local and distant drivers of land-use transitions and geographic displacement of land use in the telecoupled world. Land use planning and issues related to land abandonment and management of land and natural resources in the Global South are also discussed. Overall the course aims at analyzing land use transitions through a range of analytical lenses and methodological approaches, including their ability to develop theory within land system science. Topics of particular interest to the participating students will be identified at the beginning of the course and will receive more in depth attention.
Dominant land use transitions in low and middle income countries, theoretical aspects and terminology of land use change and land systems science, main local and global drivers of land use transitions, barriers to change, implications of global processes for local land use, impacts of local and global land management policies for land use, practical aspects of land use change research in the Global South including how land use transitions relate to international sustainable development agendas.
Identify emerging issues in land systems science and land use transitions in low and middle income countries, acquire in depth knowledge of a particular issue, and subsequently present and discuss this issue
Assess the potential impact of global, national and local drivers on land use transitions, including identification and analysis of causal explanations
Identify relevant theories and approaches for analysing land use change in the Global South
Discuss and critically reflect upon different aspects of land use transitions in the Global South
Analyze and describe drivers and impacts of particular land use transitions
Analyze, assess and apply results, methods, causality, theory and data in connection with land use transitions in the Global South
Please see Absalon course page.
Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
- Theory exercises
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignment, during courseThe written assignment is prepared during the course and handed in during the exam week.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Several internal examiners.
Resubmission of written assignment during the re-examination week.
Criteria for exam assesment
Please see learning outcomes.