Undergraduate course

Sustainability, Cities and Communities

Level of Study


Teaching semester


Objectives and Content


The purpose of the course is to give students an understanding of the distinctiveness of human geography and the human geographical perspective on the world. The course will provide theoretical and methodological insights based on theories and cases from human geographical research.


The course will focus on processes of change linked to climate and energy in cities and local communities with a particular point of departure in human geographical perspectives on place, space and scale. In this way, the students will become familiar with current processes of change and contestation at different scales and the forces behind changes in place, related to planning, resources and energy, environment and the climate, economic development, innovation and production of meaning. Through examples given in lectures, students will also be acquainted with contemporary challenges for the development of sustainable cities and communities.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student

  • can outline different human geographical approaches and ground these in the theoretical and historical foundation of the discipline.
  • can outline and discuss processes of change at different scales and the forces of change in places.
  • can outline and discuss contemporary challenges for vital cities other urban and non-urban areas.
  • can elaborate on planning as a tool for sustainable urban and non-urban development.


The student

  • is able to use relevant theory in the analysis of empirical cases.

General knowledge

The student

  • can apply place, space and scale as concepts to analyze society.

Required Previous Knowledge

GEO121/GEO125 or GEO123/ GEO124 or equivalent basic knowledge in regional reconstructing

Teaching and learning methods

1-2 lectures á 2 hours pr. week

Total: 10-12 lectures.

1 seminar á 2 hours pr. week.

Total: 6-8 seminars

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Obligatory seminars

Forms of Assessment

Student paper, 40% of grade

Written exam 5 hours, 60% of grade

Grading Scale

Grading A-F

Assessment Semester


Course Evaluation

GEO221 will be evaluated minimum every third semester.


Contact Information

Department of Geography


Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Assignment and written exam

    Withdrawal deadline
    • Exam part: Assignment

      Submission deadline
      09.04.2018, 14:00
      Examination system
      Digital exam
    • Exam part: Written exam

      04.05.2018, 09:00
      5 hours
      Examination system
      Digital exam