Rural-Urban Transformations in the Global South
The aim of the course is to provide an in-depth theoretical and empirical understanding of contemporary rural and urban transformations in the Global South. The course provides a critical overview of urbanization processes and related transformations of both urban and rural spaces, which are inextricably linked economically, politically, socially and environmentally. The course considers the contribution of rural-urban connections, migration, multi-locality, small town growth, peri-urban transformation and proliferation of urban informality to these transformations. The vulnerability and resilience of rural and urban communities are considered in relation to wider rural-urban transformations and linked with local, national and global drivers of change – such as economic globalisation, international political agendas and global environmental change (including climate change). The theoretical literature underpinning rural-urban transformations informs the comparison of case studies from Africa, Asia and Latin America. The course considers how rural-urban transformations are situated in and contribute towards the global agenda on sustainable development (the SDGs).
MSc Programme in Environment and Development
MSc Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics
MSc Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics with a minor subject
Rural-urban transformation, sustainable development, urbanization, rural transformation, small town growth, rural-urban connections, migration, multi-locality, peri-urban transformation, informality, vulnerability, resilience.
- Identify and outline relevant theoretical approaches to contemporary rural-urban transformations in the Global South.
- Critically evaluate methodologies and research methods for assssing rural-urban transformations, including both quantitative, qualitative and geospatial approaches.
- Critically scrutinize appropriate data for measuring urbanization, population dynamics, migration patterns and urban expansion.
- Criticially discuss theoretical approaches to rural-urban transformations and how these relate to debates within human geography and the broader social sciences.
- Empirically assess aspects of rural-urban transformations in the Global South, including the dynamics of urbanization, rural transformation, migration and small town growth.
- Consider the potential impact of global, national and local policies on rural-urban transformations and how these transformations can be supported in a sustainable, inclusive and equitable manner.
The form of teaching is theory exercises combined with ad hoc lectures. For the teaching plan, please see Absalon.
Please see Absalon.
BSc in Geography and Geoinformatics or equivalent is
Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
The course is identical to NIGK17009U Livelihoods and
Rural-Urban Connections in the Global South.
It is not allowed to pass both courses.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 minutes
- Type of assessment details
- The oral exam takes point of departure in questions shared with the students one week before the exam.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Several internal examiners.
Criteria for exam assessment
See learning outcome.
Single subject courses (day)
- Theory exercises
- Course number
- 7,5 ECTS
- Programme level
- Full Degree Master
- Block 4
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
- Study Board of Geosciences and Management
- Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management
- Faculty of Science
- Manja Hoppe Andreasen (15-7064716d6431647167756864766871436c6a71316e7831676e)
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