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Advanced Method in Human Geography and Urban and Regional Planning

The course provides specialized knowledge of methods applied in human geography and urban and regional planning. Within the subject areas, a wide range of methods are applied, both qualitative and quantitative, such as spatial statistical methods, regression analysis, interview methods, participatory methods and text analysis.

The course is only offered within master's programs at the Department of Human Geography.

It requires a Bachelor degree incl. 90 HECs in Human Geography, Geography or Urban and Regional Planning, or accepted to a master programme in Human Geography or Urban and Regional Planning, and English B.

  • Course structure

    The course deals with both main types and gives the opportunity for in-depth study and practical work in a number of the methods during the course. Particular attention is paid to method selection and the combination of methods in case studies.

    The course provides a good foundation for conducting independent work at the master’s level, but also for applications in working life. In societal studies, the ethical dimension of the use of various methods is important, which is also discussed in the course.

    Teaching format

    The teaching consists of lectures, seminars, exercises and fieldwork.

    Detailed information, including grading criteria, is provided at the course introduction and via the learning platform Athena.

    Learning objectives

    After completing the course, the student is expected to be able to:

    • Independently assess and critically discuss scientific methods, their possibilities and limitations as well as explain choices of method
    • Contrast and explain qualitative and quantitative methods as well as their advantages and disadvantages, including ethical aspects in human geography and urban and regional planning
    • Independently be able to plan, implement and present an in-depth project with qualitative and quantitative social science methods


    Assessment takes the form of seminar and computer lab participation with written and/or oral assignments, in which peer-review is an important part. The second part of the course, Advanced reflection and application (5 EC), consists of individual project work. Examination is in the form of a written paper where a master thesis project is designed and motivated, using one or two specific methods. Peer-review tasks form an important part of the project work.



    Several teachers assess and grade within the course.

    Examiner: Karen Haandrikman, Department of Human Geography

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