Geographies of the Green Economy


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Mål og innhald

This course in economic and human geography addresses the concepts, theories and discourses of the green economy. Through a series of lectures, seminars and student presentations, this course discusses how the concept of the green economy affect society and economic activities on different scales.

The course is built in two parts. The first part has a particular emphasis on the diversity of ideas, actors and processes related to differing approaches to environment, energy and climate challenges. The geographical focus is on communities, cities and regions, as well as on how individuals, firms and institutions are interlinked and affected. In a second part, students will engage with theoretical and empirical examples so as to articulate a more critical understanding of the limits of the green economy.

This course is based on active student participation and draws from academic literature on Norway as well as other countries and includes some of the ongoing research at the Department.


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


The student

  • has thorough insight about core concepts and theoretical discussion regarding differing approaches to the green economy.


The student

  • is capable to plan and give a presentation on a specified research question including theory and empirical evidence from secondary sources linked to the main topic of the course.

General competence

The student

  • has thorough insight to understand the conditions, processes and effects regarding the geographies of globalization and the green economy.
  • can present and discuss research questions in relation to business, planning, governance, sustainability and the green economy.

Krav til forkunnskapar

GEO222 or GEO282, or equivalent.

Tilrådde forkunnskapar

Bachelor in Geography


  • GEO321 (5 ECTS)
  • GEO331 (5 ECTS)

Krav til studierett

Open for students at Master's level who meets the prerequisites at the following study programmes: .

MASV-GEOG Masterprogram i geografi

MASV-MEHA Master's Programme in Geographies of Sustainable Development

INTL-SV/PSYK/MN/MED/JUS/HF/KMD International students at all UiB faculties

Interested students from other programmes at UiB should contact the Department of Geography (studieveileder@geog.uib.no).

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

  • 1 lecture per week. 6-8 lectures.
  • 3 seminars a 2 hours
  • 2 half day seminars á 4 hours

Obligatorisk undervisningsaktivitet

Attendance and participation in half day seminars. Compulsory requirements are only valid for the semester in which they are fulfilled and accepted.


Home exam, 3 days


Grading A-F


Assessment in teaching semester. New exam the following semester only for students who have valid document of absence


The reading list will be ready before 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 Decemeber for the spring semester.


All courses are evaluated according to UiB's system for quality assurance of education.


The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses. 


Course coordinator and administrative contact person can be found on Mitt UiB. 

Administrativt ansvarleg

The Department of Geography at the Faculty of Social Sciences has the administrative responsibility for the course and the study programme. 


Department of Geography