Theories of Sustainable Land Use
Level of Study
Objectives and Content
Finding ways to negotiate increasing pressures on land around the world is key to meet the sustainability challenge. The aim of this course is to give the student a thorough introduction to contemporary research and debates on sustainable land use in a period of rapidly increasing climate and environmental crises. The course integrates social science and ecological perspectives on competing uses of land, including production of food and energy, conservation, habitation and recreation. The concept land includes also coastal areas and marine resources. Students will discuss theoretical approaches to global and local complexities of sustainability, vulnerability and resilience. Central approaches to sustainability assessment are introduced, in addition to critical perspectives addressing sustainable land use interventions and policies for transition.
A student who has completed the course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
- understands concepts of sustainability science and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and can critically reflect upon their content and on the dilemmas resulting from conflicting priorities
- has knowledge of advanced contemporary geographical and interdisciplinary approaches to sustainable land use problems, including socio-ecological systems and political ecology
- understands how the trends in land use are shaped by environmental, social, economic and political factors
- can read, understand, present and discuss advanced scientific texts on sustainability and land use subjects.
- can identify, select and apply relevant analytical approaches to assessment of sustainability, vulnerability and resilience
- can write informed texts discussing sustainability issues referring appropriately to literature and other sources
- can apply geographical theoretical approaches to land use relationships and conflicts
Required Previous Knowledge
A bachelor's degree in Geography, or other relevant disciplines.
Access to the Course
MA in Geographies of Sustainable Development and MA in Geography, students from other relevant master's programmes at UiB and incoming exchange students with relevant background. Interested students from other programmes and exchange students are welcome to contact the Department of Geography (Studieveileder.firstname.lastname@example.org).
Teaching and learning methods
One seminar (30 min) and lecture (60 min) combined, á 2 hours pr. week.
1-2 half-day summary seminars
Total: 16-20 hours
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Attendance half-day seminars.
Oral presentation of a given topic (2-3 students together, 30 min) as an introduction to a specific lecture
Forms of Assessment
Take home exam, 5 days, 3000-3500 words (100%)
Assessment in teaching semester
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.
The Department of Geography at the Faculty of Social Sciences has the administrative responsibility for the course and the study programme.
Department of Geography