CANCELLED: Rural-Urban Connections in the Global South

Course content

This course provides advanced understanding of current debates in how urbanization, urban-rural connections and mobility are conceptualized, studied and analyzed, and how this may have implications for possible and actual policy choices. The course outlines urbanization and counter-urbanization trends in the Global South, discusses the interconnections with rural transformations, small town growth, urban hierarchies and how household livelihood strategies straddle urban and rural spheres. The course will draw on case studies from across the Global South.


MSc Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics
MSc Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics with a Minor Subject

Learning outcome


  • Current debates about urbanization in the Global South, including urban livelihoods, urban-rural linkages, the urban hierarchy, environmental consequences of urbanization, and urban policy and planning challenges.
  • Empirical aspects of urban livelihoods, including multi-locality, informal economy, poverty and slums.
  • Research methods that can be utilized when collecting primary data and analysing secondary data.


  • Identify key processes and challenges in rural transformations and urbanization in the Global South
  • Identify relevant theories and monitoring tools for analyses of these processes
  • Locate the potential impact of global, national and local policies on urban livelihoods
  • Sequence a variety of research methods for the assessment of urban livelihoods, including both quantitative and qualitative tools
  • Structure, write and defend an essay 


  • Analyze, assess and apply results, methods, theory and data in connection with urbanization in the global south
  • Discuss how political narratives of rural-urban connections and urbanization interact with the academic literature

The form of teaching is theory exercises combined with ad hoc lectures. For the teaching plan, please see Absalon.

Please see Absalon course page.

BSc in Geography and Geoinformatics or equivalent.

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. A combined grade is given after the oral exam.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners.
Criteria for exam assessment

Please see learning outcomes.

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Theory exercises
  • 35
  • Project work
  • 35
  • Preparation
  • 136
  • English
  • 206