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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

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

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Autumn And Block 1
Programme level Full Degree Master
Course responsible
  • Niels Fold (2-736b456e6c7333707a336970)
  • Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management
Course number: NIGK14047U

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).

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

Recommended prerequisites

BSc in Geography and Geoinformatics or equivalent.

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Study Board of Geosciences and Management

Course type

Single subject courses (day)


1 block


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Teaching and learning methods

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


25 students (1 class of 25).




 Please see Absalon course page.


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


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

Criteria for exam assessment

Please see learning outcome

Censorship form

External censorship


Re-submission of written assignment, 20 minutes oral examination. The written assignment must be handed in prior to the re-examination week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as its point of departure. It includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list.

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