2023-2024 / GEOG0055-2

Environmental geography, Part 1


24h Th, 6h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in journalism (120 ECTS)5 crédits 


Pierre Ozer, Serge Schmitz


Serge Schmitz

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course questions man's relationship to nature, most of the time using a critical approach to the social and political construction of nature. It emphasizes a holistic view of relationships with nature that combines natural sciences, social sciences, and geographic approaches.

The six chapters discuss principles of adaptation and precaution, exploitation of natural resources, natural risk management, the cultural construction of biodiversity and nature, desertification, governance and nesting of spatial scales.  

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

  • Identify environmental issues of a situation or a space
  • Pay attention to the political nature of positions concerning environmental issues
  • Develop a multiscalar approach to environmental issues
  • Discuss and elaborate argument in Environmental approaches
  • Write Recommendations

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

English B2

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Flipped classroom based on readings and discussion animated by the students

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Blended learning

Additional information:

Individual preparation, presential classes.

Recommended or required readings

Castree N, Demeritt D., Liverman D., Rhoads B., 2009. A Companion to Environmental Geography, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 588 p.
Castree N., Hulme M., Proctor J.D., 2018. Companion to Environmental Studies, Routlege Textbook, 848 p.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions ) AND oral exam

Written work / report

Continuous assessment

Additional information:

The evaluation is based on the three main activities of the course:

  • 30% for the preparations and the participation during the six classes;
  • 70% for the essay and oral examination.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Prof. Serge SCHMITZ, S.Schmitz@uliege.be

Prof. Pierre OZER, pozer@uliege.be

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