EHS4000 – Knowing Natures: Environmental Research Seminar

Course content

This course aims to experiment with new forms of teaching in the Anthropocene. It will provide you insights into different practices of doing environmental research. The course will 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 of 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
  • Connect with environmentally engages students from other disciplines


This course is part of the Environmental Humanities and Sciences (master's supplement). Students not enrolled in the certificate programme can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme. 

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.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


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

  • First session of block teaching first week-end in February (Friday 5/2 and Saturday 6/2).
  • Second session of block teaching last week-end in April (Friday 23/4 and Saturday 24/4). This block will be taught as part of an excursion or place-based seminar, e.g. at a permaculture farm, an ecological restoration site, or an environmental community project.
  • Third session of block teaching first week-end in June (Saturday 5/6).
  • At the end of the three teaching blocks, students will have developed their own research plan and receive individual and group supervision. 
  • From late August to November: Regular meetings, presentations and supervision. One excursion.


Students will design an empirical environmental research project over two semesters. The project can be creative and use arts-driven forms of research dissemination such as filmmaking, photography, exhibition design, environmental story maps, or journalistic writing.

The final project will be assessed as pass/ fail and evaluated and commented on in text form.

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

Resit an examination

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

Teaching language