GEOG3530 - Special topics in natural hazards


New from the academic year 2023/2024

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The main objectives of the course are to: 1) provide an overview of current topics in natural hazards research from a physical geographical perspective and in the context of ongoing climate change; and 2) facilitate an in-depth exploration of one, selected natural hazard. Four broad sub-themes in natural hazards research will be discussed in seminars based on assigned readings: 1) inland flooding; 2) coastal hazards (e.g. flooding, storms, erosion, etc.); 3) hazards in mountain environments, including hazard cascades; 4) cryospheric hazards (e.g., melting glaciers and sea ice, avalanches, thawing permafrost). Students will also specialize on a closely defined topic approved by the course coordinator. Once defined, the student will develop a reading list to be summarized and presented in written and oral forms.

Learning outcome

A student who has completed this course should have the following learning outcomes:


  • Has a broad overview of current research in inland flooding, coastal hazards, hazard cascades in mountain environments, and cryospheric hazards.
  • Has a deep understanding of a selected topic in natural hazards research from a physical geographical perspective
  • Has in-depth knowledge about the theoretical and methodological approaches related to the selected research topic.
  • Has knowledge of the larger relevance of their selected topic in terms of local and global contexts, and from academic and public perspectives.


  • Can analyze and apply critical thinking to various sources of information regarding the chosen special topic and use this to structure and formulate disciplinary arguments and reasoning.
  • Can locate and synthesize relevant peer-reviewed scientific literature for the purpose of developing a reading list that reflects the history of development of research in the selected field, knowledge gaps, competing hypotheses, and the current state-of-the-art.
  • Can write a literature review on the chosen research topic, written for an academic audience.
  • Can present a selected research topic orally to fellow students.

General competence

  • Can critically analyze relevant issues in natural hazards research.
  • Has thorough knowledge and mastery of physical geographical vocabulary in natural hazards research and can apply this knowledge in written and oral contexts.
  • Can communicate clearly and concisely in written and oral forms
  • Can write an academic text on current issues in natural hazards research regarding the scientific problems, analyses, and conclusions.
  • Can provide constructive written and oral feedback on scientific content and presentation skills.

Learning methods and activities

Introduction lecture and seminars up to 10 hours.

The compulsory assignments and the exam must be completed in English. Exceptions must be clarified with the lecturer responsible for the course.

Teaching will only be given if a sufficient number of students register for the course and if the Department has sufficient teaching resources. See for the most up to date information on the courses not being offered.

Compulsory assignments

  • Attend the first class and minimum 3 of the 4 seminars
  • Preparation of an approved reading list on selected research topic
  • Presentation of research on selected topic

Further on evaluation

The examination is an assignment (worth 100% of the final grade). Same form of examination is given when re-sitting for the exam or improving the grade. The exam is offered both in the autumn and spring semester.

Required previous knowledge

Bachelor's degree, preferably within the discipline of geography. Other relevant qualification can be accepted upon approval by the Department of Geography.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Geography
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geography


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * 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.

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