Geographies of Sustainable Development addresses the effects of changing social and political geographies and natural environment in a global perspetictive.
Our planet is facing increasing climate changes and inequities, urgently requiring that environmental, social and economic sustainability challenges are addressed through a knowledge-based focus. The Master’s Programme in Geographies of Sustainable Development gives you the framework, theories and practices to work out research-based ways to solve some of the most important issues today. Research questions like:
- How can Himalayan farmers adapt to climate change?
- How should African fisheries be governed to ensure that the poor can afford to eat nutritious fish?
- Are Latin American cities prepared for the transition to greener forms of energy and increasing emphasis on environmental responsibility?
This study programme will introduce you to the current scientific discourse on human-nature relations and development. You will learn about theoretical approaches to important current issues and be trained in practical methods for researching and evaluating factors affecting the environment and people’s livelihoods.
During the programme, you will develop your skills in critical thinking, analysis, and academic writing.
You will also have the opportunity to conduct fieldwork in the global South, and use that as the basis for your master’s thesis.
Our graduates have highly applicable knowledge and skills for today’s society, as we face a range of global issues such as migration, climate change and sustainability.
Typical jobs that our graduates go on to do are in
- regional development
- environmental management
These can be in public or private sector organisations or in NGOs, both in Norway and abroad. Many of our graduates continue in academic research by pursuing a PhD, while others work in the education sector.
The programme covers two academic years (four semesters), and starts in the autumn.
- GEO308 Theory of Science and Research Design for Geographers (10 ECTS)
- GEO310 Writing Course and Project Description (10 ECTS)
- GEO326 Geographical Perspectives on Food (10 ECTS)
- GEO306 Methods in Human Geography (10 ECTS)
- GEO337 Discourses, Politics and People: Critical Perspectives on Environmental Governance (10 ECTS)
Choose one of the following courses:
- GEO324 Geographies of the Green Economy (10 ECTS)
- GEO316 Practical Skills in Remote Sensing and Spatial analysis (10 ECTS)
Third and fourth semester
- GEO350 Master’s Thesis in Geography (60 ECTS)
In order to be admitted to the program, the applicant must normally have obtained a Bachelor degree of 3-4 years’ duration, or have an equivalent educational background. The degree must include at least 1,5 years of full time studies in Geography.
Non-native English speakers must document their English language proficiency in order to be considered for admission to Master’s degree programmes at the University of Bergen.
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