Environment, Society and Development (part 1) - Development Geography

Course content

This course teaches state-of the art research related to the environment, society and development competence line. The course specifically focuses on theoretical and methodological approaches to development geography in the Global South. It is recommended that students also follow the course Environment, Society and Development (part 2).


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

Learning outcome


  • The theoretical background for development geography including approaches inspired by modernization theory, dependency theory, and post-development critique(s)
  • Interaction of economic geography and development studies (including regional dynamics, clusters, and networks)
  • Interaction of social geography and development studies (including gender, participatory development, and mobilities)



  • Read scientific literature related to the course subjects.
  • Apply, evaluate and analyse methods, theories and data related to the course subjects.
  • Rigorous use of scientific definitions and terms.
  • Give short, concise and well-illustrated oral presentations on the basis of scientific papers.
  • Write short, and concise reports aimed at colleagues within the professional world, public institutions and related research institutions.



  • Identify theories and approaches within development studies and consider their potential adaptability to human geography approaches to global development
  • Incorporate methodological approaches from development studies in research proposals with ahuman geography content
  • Assess own professional geographical skills in relation to other disciplines

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
External censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

Please see learning outcome

Single subject courses (day)

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