Geology and Landscape
Topics that will be covered in the lectures are:
- Bedrock Geology: Minerals and rocks, internal and external geological processes and Norway’s geological history.
- Quaternary geology: the shaping of the country during the last Ice Age (quaternary history) and the properties of various types of deposits.
- Soil and soil formation: features and properties, soil-forming factors and processes.
- Cultural landscape: Cultural development and landscape change.
- Charts: Interpretation and use of topographic and thematic charts.
Teaching and learning methods:
The course is taught in the spring semester, starting in the first week of January. It consists of three parts:
- Exercises (workshop)
- Field Course (one week in May)
The lectures review the subject theory and cover various relevant topics. Distance learning students can access the lecture schedule and the lectures (Power Point presentations) via Fronter; review exercises covering the various topics are also available on Fronter.
An onsite workshop will be held in February; distance learning students must attend in order to complete exercises in identifying and classifying rocks and minerals.
The field course in May is the high point of the course, when students are able to utilise the theory they have acquired in the lectures by seeing how to apply it in practice.
The field course is mainly located in the Bø area, but there will be excursions to the Grenland area and Vestfold to observe the unique geology there, and also to the Bondhus Glacier (a glacial arm of Folgefonna) to observe “fresh” sediment deposits in front of the glacier deposited by glacial rivers.
1st January - use the online application form (click on the link to the right).
In terms of content, the course is equivalent to the course Geology and the Environment: click on the link to the right for the syllabus.
The course will provide students with insight into how the landscape has developed over time, the internal and external geological processes, and how humans have shaped the landscape.