Sustainable Development of Land Use
The course aims to engage in contemporary discussions of the sustainability of different land uses and situate these in an interdisciplinary understanding based on theoretical frameworks from land system science, anthropology/cultural history, and economics. We approach this by using Denmark as an example, and build case studies on the use of carbon-rich wetlands, forests, agricultural land, and recreational housing in the coastal zone. We modify the list of cases to the particular interests of the students at the beginning of the course.
The course opens on day one with disciplinary lectures on theories and research in sustainable land use from the perspective of anthropology/cultural history, economics, and geography. Based on this, we discuss how these disciplinary perspectives can be combined to form an interdisciplinary understanding of sustainable development using the three sustainability dimensions (social, economic, environmental sustainability). Day two is dedicated to a full-day excursion where we visit the case studies and talk to local land users or stakeholders.
On days three and four, students form interdisciplinary groups. Each group works on one of the case studies to analyze how the land use can undergo a sustainable development. The groups keep an interdisciplinary focus by developing criteria or indicators pertaining to each of the three sustainability dimensions. The product of the group work is a development plan for the case study towards 2050.
The groups present their plans on day five in a plenary discussion of the applied criteria and indicators for sustainable development. All teachers will be present to facilitate discussions and provide feedback. Following the plenary discussions, the groups are combined to produce a joint coherent and interdisciplinary masterplan for sustainable development of the land towards 2050. The master plan is submitted as an assignment at the end of week two and forms the foundation for individual oral exams.
- Current challenges pertaining to sustainable land use in Denmark
- Theories and frameworks for understanding and analyzing sustainable development, contemporary sustainability issues relates to land use in academia and practice, sustainable development as an interdisciplinary framework
- Identify relevant theories and analytical frameworks from different disciplines related to sustainable development
- Obtain information on contemporary issues related to sustainable development of land use and discuss these using relevant theories and frameworks. Assess the sustainability of different land uses
- Discussing how sustainability is assessed and reflect critically on the approaches
- Analyzing main barriers for sustainable development of land use
- Engaging critically in debates on sustainability and land use
The teaching combines lectures, class room exercises and group work, and a 1-day excursion
Please see Absalon page.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
Written assignment, during courseOral examination, 20 minutes without preparation time
- Type of assessment details
- The written assignment is prepared during the course. 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 examination.
- Without aids
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment
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Single subject courses (day)
- Class Instruction
- Course number
- 7,5 ECTS
- Programme level
- Full Degree Master
19-30 August 2024
The classes will run from 19-23 August, followed by one week of working on the written assignment.
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
- Martin Rudbeck Jepsen (3-737870466f6d7434717b346a71)
Peter Birch Sørensen
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