Environment, Society and development (Part 2) - Human Environment Interactions

Course content

This competence-line course teaches state-of the art research within the field Environment, society and development with a specific focus on understanding theoretical approaches to coupled human-environment systems in the Global South. It is recommended that students also follow Environment, Society and Development (1) – Development Geography.


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

Learning outcome


Understand theoretical approaches to human-environment interactions, human and political ecology, sustainability, land use intensification, carrying capacity, resilience and land system science.

Skills: To be able to…

  • apply, evaluate and analyze methods, theories and conceptual approaches related to Human-Environment interactions.
  • use correct scientific definitions and terms.
  • give a short, concise oral presentation on the basis of scientific papers.
  • write a short, essay on Human-Environment interactions.


Competences: To be able to…

  • analyze and discuss central theoretical approaches to understand Human-Environment interactions
  • Identify and develop proposals for solving complex geographical problems based on theories used in human geography
  • 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. Environment, Society and Developemnt (Part 2) - Human Environment Interactions, is a stand-alone course and it is therefore not necessary to have completed Environment, Society and Development (Part 1) - Development Geography to participate in the course.

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