Undergraduate course


  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeGEOV255
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Semester of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The purpose of the course GEOV255 Seismotectonics is to explain the relation between seismology and tectonics. Processes associated with earthquakes occurring in different deformational settings such as convergent, divergent and transcurrent plate boundaries will be described through examples. The relation between the stress accumulation and strain will be described on global, regional and local scales. Additionally, deformation processes associated with the intraplate areas and stable continental interiors will be explained. Processes that are related to stress build-up, fault rupture and earthquakes will be defined. Application of paleoseismological methods in identifying pre-historic earthquakes will be presented.

Learning Outcomes

After completing of the course GEOV255 Seismotectonics, the student will be able to:

- Describe the relation between the stress accumulation and strain

- Describe the relation between the fault regimes and the stress pattern

- Explain processes associated with the deformation along plate boundaries and intraplate areas

- Explain the relation between the fault rupture and earthquakes

- Describe the geological processes associated with earthquakes

Recommended Previous Knowledge


Forms of Assessment

Written 4 hours (75%) and compulsory exercises (25%)

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

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