The teachers of regional studies encourage students to scientific and creative thinking – to find varying viewpoints and versatile solutions. Scientific research and learning are completed with practical skills, written works and oral presentations. During the final year of your studies, you will write a master's thesis, which is an excellent opportunity to take part in current research projects conducted at the Department.
120 ECTS credits
To understand the challenges of tomorrow, we need knowledge of natural resources, condition of the environment and the impact of human actions on it.
At the Department of Geosciences and Geography, you will learn a multidisciplinary approach to research, honoring both natural and social sciences. Because the lecturers are active researchers, teaching is based on the latest research findings.
Atmosphere at the Department is friendly and welcoming, forming an inspiring study environment. As a geography student, you will benefit from the department's excellent research facilities, since the department maintains up-to-date laboratories, a monitoring station network, and a research station. In addition to these facilities, the research activities are based on broad cooperation within national and international research and monitoring networks.
Development geography offers studies seeking to provide you with the knowledge and skills to engage with many defining social and environmental issues of our time - from global issues such as climate change, migration, and population increase to the local challenges of regional conflicts, forest degradation, and exclusion within Finnish cities.
In development geography, the main focus is on the poorest countries of the world, most of which are situated in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The aim of research is to produce new scientific knowledge on developing countries, their development problems and solving them, modes of livelihoods and survival strategies, the sustainability of environment and culture with the emphasis of socio-economic development in a regional context.
The regional approach of development also owns an appreciated holistic perspective as a social value system and effectiveness through development cooperation which follows the principles of sustainable development, good governance, democracy and human rights, poverty elimination, equity of genders, and the balance of biodiversity in nature and culture. Research issues on global and local differences of development are e.g. regional conflicts, migration, refugee problems, uncontrolled urbanisation, the competition of urban space, population increase, women’s issues, exploitation of natural resources, forest degradation and environmental conservation, the land property of native peoples, poverty and digital divides, the measurement of development and ecotourism.
Development geography makes good use of the problem-oriented, interdisciplinary and multicultural fields of science, with its regional approach. Globalization can be perceived as the mutual interplay of global and local approaches within the methodology of Participatory Learning Approach and Geographic Information System GIS.