Environment, Society and Development

Course content

This course teaches state-of the art research within the field environment, society and development with a specific focus on understanding theoretical approaches to development geography and coupled human-environment systems 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

Learning outcome


  • Theoretical background for development geography, including economic and social transformation of rural and urban spaces.

  • Theoretical approaches to coupled human-environmental systems, including human and political ecology, sustainability, land-use intensification, carrying capacity, and resilience.


  • read and analyze theoretical literature

  • apply, evaluate and analyze methods, theories and data

  • use scientific definitions and terms

  • give short, concise and well-illustrated oral presentations on the basis of scientific papers

  • write short, concise reports aimed at professional peers


  • identify and apply theoretical approaches to solving complex geographical problems in development geography and human-environment interactions

  • reflect on own 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 programme in Geography and Geoinformatics or equivalent is recommended.

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.

Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment, Ongoing preparation throughout the course
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

See learning outcome.

Single subject courses (day)

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