EDS210 Environment, Development and Climate Change in Tanzania

Credits (ECTS):10

Course responsible:Lars Kåre Grimsby

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Teaching language:Engelsk

Limits of class size:20

Course frequency:Biennially (odd years)

Nominal workload:Four weeks field course in Tanzania.

Teaching and exam period:This course has teaching/evaluation in the June block.

About this course

The course is conducted in Tanzania, and focuses on issues at the interface between developmental, environmental and climate change issues. The students will hear short presentations from specialists and researchers explaining relevant theories and Tanzanian policies. A series of field visits will provide the students with direct observations, experiences, discussions and interactions with villagers (fishers, aquaculturists, farmers and pastoralists), and impressions that illustrate the actual practices related to the theories and policies from different perspectives. This combination of theory and practice is intended to offer the students a deeper understanding of various livelihood, development, environment and climate challenges facing Tanzania.

Learning outcome


The student is able to describe/explain

  • principal environmental challenges, development concerns and climate change issues in Tanzania
  • historical, socio-ecological and political economic perspectives relevant for understanding development in Tanzania
  • agriculture’s role in development in Tanzania
  • ways in which rural livelihoods in the Global South are inter-linked with national and global governance and environmental issues


The student is able to

  • apply real-world examples to illustrate theoretical perspectives from International Environment and Development Studies
  • apply theories of development to explain environmental and social injustices in Tanzania
  • evaluate interventions aimed improving rural livelihoods and reducing vulnerability
  • engage in practical work aiming at improving rural livelihoods

General competence:

The student has a general overview the principal environmental challenges, development concerns and climate change issues in the Global South, with emphasis on the agricultural sector, and an ability to evaluate and implement interventions aimed at improving rural livelihoods in a low-income country context.

  • Short lectures and presentations by Tanzanian specialists and researchers will be given, with visits to key institutions and several village communities. There will be group discussions and group activities.
  • Noragric has the overall responsibility for the course. Key Tanzanian specialists and institutions will assist in each of the modules.
  • Final oral exam. Counts 100 % of the final grade. Passed/not passed
  • The external examiner will be present for the final oral exam.
  • Three assignments shall be completed during the course.
  • Fieldwork. 250 hours
  • 2nd year students in the B-IEDS program.

    Students who have attended EDS272 will not be prioritized.

  • Passed / Not Passed
  • Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)