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Earth I - Geology

The course gives an introduction to planet Earth’s various systems (geosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere), Earth’s place in the universe, Earth’s internal structure, plate tectonics, minerals and rocks, natural catastrophes, natural resources, and the evolution of living organisms.

Rocky coast

Course period Spring 2023: Period 1 start Monday 16 January and Period 2 start Tuesday 21 March.

Course period Fall 2023: Period 1 start Monday 28 August.

For more information see the course home page at:

  • Course structure

    Exam is held on campus at Stockholm University, alternative at a Study center, Embassy or similar.


    Exam is held on campus at Stockholm University, alternative at a Study center, Embassy or similar.

    Is based on a written/oral assessment at the end of the course. Assessment criteria are:

    A = Excellent
    B = Very good
    C = Good
    D = Satisfactory
    E = Sufficient
    Fx = Insufficient
    F = Entirely insufficient

    The assessment criteria will be outlined at the start of the course. To pass the course, a minimum grade E is necessary.

  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Marshak, S., 2022
    Earth: Portrait of a Planet – 7th ed or earlier
    International Student Edition
    W.W. Norton & Co Inc
    ISBN: 9780393882766


  • Course reports

    Course evaluations allow the possibility to affect and take responsibility for your own learning and gives important information for our work with pedagogical development.

    It's important that all students complete the course evaluations after each course, it gives the Department the opportunity to improve the courses' quality.

    The course evaluation is composed of a number of questions and specific questions for each course. If you, as a student, want to contribute with more course specific questions you may send them to

    If you haven't received the course evaluation for your finished course, or if you have other questions regarding course evaluations at IGV please contact

    Course evaluation = student's review of the course
    Course report = course leader's reflections about the review

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