GEOG8000 - Theoretical Perspectives in Geography 1


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The course aims to provide the candidates with a knowledge base and tools that help them to maneuver in the complex landscape of theory and theoretical discussions in geography.

Learning outcome


  • Through participating in this course the candidate will gain insight into processes of theorizing and engaging with theory in Geography.


  • The course provide the participants with tools to think, discuss and write theoretically about geographical research, by identifying, critically assessing and positioning themselves in relation to recent theoretical discussions in geography.

General competence:

  • The course will enable the PhD candidates to reflect on the relationship between the individual PhD project and its theoretical position in current debates in geography.

Learning methods and activities

The course is organized around two activities: seminar and academic writing. Before the seminar, participants must submit a refelction note to form the basis of their paper. The seminar consists of lectures by scholars who are international capacities in their field. During the seminar, the candidates must present the draft paper. After the seminar, the candidates finalize the paper on relevant theoretical perspectives in geography, connecting to their own PhD project, current debates and course readings. The paper will be commented upon by fellow course participants and later approved by the department. Activities: Seminar, lectures, presentation of paper, paper writing, peer review. Compulsory assignments: Seminar participation, written paper and peer reviewing of paper. Form of assessment: Approved paper. The course is taught in English.

The course will only be tought if there are 5 students or more registered at the course, and if we have available teaching resources.

Compulsory assignments

  • Seminar participation, written paper and peer reviewing of paper

Further on evaluation

1. Circulating paper to peer group established at course, commenting co-participant`s paper.

2. Submission to Department of Geography(NTNU) of 6000-8000- word paper on theoretical positioning or development for theoretical framework for PhD thesis.

An identical version of the exam paper cannot be used directly in the PhD thesis at NTNU as an article or a chapter. A revised version of the exam paper can be included in the thesis.

Required previous knowledge

MA in Geography or equivalent. Candidates must have started a PhD. project before taking this course.

Course materials

Will be provided when the course begins.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
GEOG8001 5.0 AUTUMN 2019
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  10.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

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
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.

For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"

More on examinations at NTNU