Special Topics in Geography
Objectives and Content
This course aims to give the student a state-of-the art knowledge into actual research topics with relevance for planned and ongoing master projects in geography. The objective of the course is to impart an understanding of current research topics in geography. This is an optional course in the curriculum in the Master¿s programs in geography where the student may specialise on a closely defined topic, either of theoretical and/or methodological character. In agreement with the supervisor, the student will define the actual topic of interest and reading list.
On completion of the course, the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
- has state-of-the art knowledge about the actual research topic in geography.
- has in-depth knowledge about the theoretical and methodological approaches related to the actual research topic.
- knows about new research in the special field.
- can present a written report on the chosen research topic based on relevant reading list.
- can present orally for an audience a chosen research topic based on relevant reading list.
- can analyze and think critical to various sources of information regarding the chosen special topic and use this to structure and formulate disciplinary reasoning.
- can structure, prepare and present a chosen research topic at an academic level that fellow students can follow.
- can analyze relevant geographical problems at hand.
- can apply knowledge and skills on new topics and masters the geographical expressions.
- can communicate orally and write an academic text on current issues in geographical research regarding the scientific problems, analyses and conclusions.
- can provide constructive written and oral feedback on scientific content and presentation skills.
- can independently continue with enhancement of competence and specializing.
Access to the Course
The course is open for geography students accepted for the Master's Programme in Geography (MASV-GEOG), Master's Programme in Geographies of Sustainable Development (MASV-MEHA) and the Master's Programme in Physical Geography (MASV-PHYG).
Teaching and learning methods
Individual studies, supervision and seminars.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
- Approved individual curriculum (500-700 pages)
- Active participation in seminars
- Feedback to a fellow student, both oral and written
- Oral presentation (30 minutes including 5-10 minutes for questions)
Forms of Assessment
Paper/essay (5000-7000 words excluding reference list).
Assessment in teaching semester.
All courses are evaluated according to UiB's system for quality assurance of education.
Department of Geography