Postgraduate course

Geographies of the Green Economy

Level of Study


Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

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.

Learning Outcomes

A student who has completed the course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


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.

Required Previous Knowledge

GEO221/GEO222 or GEO282, and GEO292 or GEO291/GEO293, or equivalent.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Bachelor in Geography

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

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

Access to the Course

Open for students at Master's level who meets the prerequisites.

GEO324 is a special topic course and may be included as one of the special topic courses in the coursework requirement for Master's Programme in Geography.

Teaching and learning methods

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

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

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

Forms of Assessment

Written exam, 5 hours.

Grading Scale

Grading A-F

Assessment Semester

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

Course Evaluation

GEO324 will be evaluated every third year


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. Candidates must check their room allocation on Studentweb 3 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written Exam

    22.05.2020, 09:00
    5 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam