EHS4000 – Knowing Natures: Environmental Research Seminar

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Course content

This course aims to experiment with new forms of teaching in the Anthropocene. It will provide you with insights into different practices and ways of doing environmental research and enable you to develop your own collaborative environmental study. Through field trips and interdisciplinary workshops you will:
  • Learn how to jointly design an empirical environmental research over two semesters, guided by experts from different disciplines
  • Explore Oslo's environments and its surroundings in interdisciplinary groups to identify and better understand local and global environmental challenges
  • Engage with scholars, local communities, politicians, environmental organisations and activists to study environmental topics from multiple perspectives
  • Learn how to work constructively in interdisciplinary teams and have conversations across disciplines at an early stage of your career
  • Experiment with creative and arts-driven forms of research dissemination – such as filmmaking, photography, exhibition design, environmental story maps, or journalistic writing
  • Gain expertise in environmental storytelling to reach a broader audience

Learning outcome

You will gain:

  • Theoretical, methodological and practical skills for doing environmental research
  • Experience in developing a small collaborative environmental research project in an interdisciplinary group setting
  • The ability to look beyond disciplinary confines to study environmental topics across disciplinary boundaries
  • Experience in communicating and presenting research on the environmental and climatic crisis (or possible socio-ecological transformations) to a broader audience
  • The opportunity to connect with environmentally engaged students from other disciplines


This course is part of the Environmental Humanities and Sciences (master's supplement)

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

Only students enrolled in the Environmental Humanities and Sciences (master's supplement) can be admitted to this course.


This course is taught over two semesters, starting in the spring semester.

  • Spring semester: Course introduction and excursions around the Oslo area with subject instructors, guest lecturers and practitioners (Spring 2022: There will be three excursions in the afternoon, tentatively in week 11, 13 and 16. More information will be provided by the start of the semester).
  • Autumn semester: Research seminars, student-led presentations and supervision.

Compulsory activity: You have to submit a project description in Canvas at the end of the spring semester.


At the end of the course students submit a final report based on the research project they have designed and carried out over the last two semesters. The final submission may be creative and can incorporate elements from arts-driven research dissemination—such as filmmaking, photography, exhibition design, environmental story maps, speculative fiction or journalistic writing. Please note that the compulsory actitivty has to be completed in order to qualify for the exam.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Covers two semesters, starting every spring


Every autumn

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