GEOG3515 - Environment, Development and Changing Rural Livelihoods


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours

Course content

Among the topics covered by the course: *History of geographical thought: From environmental determinism to political ecology. *Social nature; Social constructivism and environmental narratives. *Institutions, norms and collective action and the idea of the ‘community’ as basis for natural resource management. *Hazards and vulnerability. Vulnerability; a useful concept or just another way of labelling?: Vulnerability analysis in practice*Environmental conservation and development; from ‘Fortress conservation’ to ‘Conservation and development’? *Changing rural livelihoods and livelihood analysis; from farm to non-farm and implications for the rural environments. * Environment and conflicts. The ‘Environment’ as basis for conflicts.

Learning outcome

After the course the students should have an in- depth understanding of the links between development, environmental change and (rural) livelihood in African and Asian societies. Through the presentations the students should demonstrate ability to summarize and present findings from advanced research articles.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures: 14 hours. Groupwork and presentations (compulsory).
It is expected that compulsories and examinations must be completed in English. Exceptions must be clarified with the lecturer responsible for the course.
Please note that the course may be cancelled due to the teaching capacity at the Department of Geography if less than 5 students register for the course. Check for updated information. The webpage will be updated 10th January in the spring semester and 10th August in the autumn semester.

Compulsory assignments

  • Groupwork and presentation

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester, or that compulsory activities are approved in a previous semester.

Required previous knowledge

Bachelor in social science. Other relevant qualifications can be accepted upon approval by the Department of Geography.



Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn Written examination 100/100 2015-12-04 09:00 D154
Spring Written examination 100/100 2016-06-03 09:00
* The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.