Bachelor / International Environment and Development Studies
NMBU offers a unique combination of social science and natural science approaches to the study of international environment and development issues, including an introduction to qualitative and quantitative research methods.
The program provides a sound basis for further studies within development studies, environmental studies, international relations, resources management or ecology. Graduates are qualified for several of NMBU's Master degrees or may find employment in a wide range of national and international institutions, including government agencies and non-governmental development organizations.
What will you learn?
You will examine societal and environmental change in a historical, comparative and global perspective. The program considers the specificity of different societies in terms of history, ecology, culture and technology. It introduces the students to critical reflection on how these differences translate into local responses to regional or global processes. International Environment and Development Studies is a dynamic and evolving field of study.
A great deal of attention is given to social justice, environmental sustainability, ecological and social resilience, political ecology, natural resource management, resource conflicts, development policies and politics, the effects of planned development interventions, and gender and development issues. The program consists of compulsory and elective courses. These can be chosen among a variety of courses at NMBU or other universities in Norway or abroad. We recommend that you spend one semester abroad on exchange, and we encourage you to participate in our one-month field course (currently in Tanzania and India).
In an increasingly globalised world there is a growing need for knowledge about challenges related to development and the environment. The problems faced by developing countries are multifaceted, and require solutions that draw on a wide range of approaches. The programme`s unique interdisciplinary focus is tailored to meet this need.
A candidate who has completed the education is expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes, defined in knowledge, competence and skills:
Demonstrate knowledge of international environment and development issues and their interlinkages., and understanding of interdisciplinary approaches to the study of development and the environment.
Be able to work in a focused and independent manner, and to communicate knowledge, analyses and results in a convincing manner, both orally and in writing.
Be equipped with knowledge and competence to make well-founded assessments of local and global environment and development challenges, and demonstrate skills in critical and academic thinking.
Qualifications after graduation:
The Bachelor`s degree builds the academic foundation necessary for those students wishing to pursue a Master`s degree in International Development Studies (IDS), International Environmental Studies (IES) or International Relations (IR) offered at NMBU, and provides a foundation for applying to similar programmes at other higher education institutions in Norway or abroad. Successful candidates are also eligible to apply for the master`s programmes Agroecology (AE) and Nature-based Tourism (REIS) offered at NMBU.
Contents and structure:
The programme consists of mandatory and elective courses. The mandatory courses constitute 120 ECT and make up the two first years of the programme. A progression from introductory to more advanced courses within the interdisciplinary field of international environment and development studies provides the specialization of the programme. Students will also be introduced to philosophy, ecology, scientific writing and research methods. The third year is set aside for elective courses, either at the department, at other departments, or with other universities. Some options for field courses will be provided and in the fifth semester exchange to partner universities abroad will be possible.
The courses offered utilise a wide range of evaluation forms, such as written sit-in exams, take-home exams, oral exams and term papers, that in different ways evaluate the students skills in academic reading and writing, as well as analytical skills.
Cooperation with other institutions:
Noragric has a broad network of international partners, and one or more field courses in developing countries will be offered.
Arrangements, incoming exchange students:
Noragric can offer individually tailored packages for students from our partner universities. All the courses at the department are offered in English.
Higher Education Entrance Qualification
The programme utilises a wide range of teaching methods. Because working with environment and development often involves adapting knowledge to new situations, many courses use case-oriented teaching and group work. This ensures that students take an active interest in their own learning. Teaching methods vary between courses and include lectures, seminar activities, assignments, presentations and discussions. Field exercises and practical experience is also part of the programme through elective field courses.
Students may go for exchange to one of NMBU`s partner institutions in the 5th semester.
Higher Education Entrance Qualification*
Higher Education Entrance Qualification to Norwegian Universities for international applicants.
Applicants must demonstrate English language ability in accordance with the NMBU regulations.