GEO3032 – Climate Change and Impacts

Course content

This course describes the climate changes which are occurring and the effect they are having on both the environment and society.  These are viewed in comparison with natural climate changes through the Earth’s history, and their causes.  There will be discussion on how society can adjust to meet the challenges posed by today’s climate changes.

Learning outcome

When you have taken this subject, you will have:

  • Knowledge about climate changes, their causes and effects.
  • An understanding of how our knowledge about climate change has developed throughout scientific history, and of the advances made in our time.
  • Developed the ability to critically assess scientific studies.
  • Experience in presenting the main content of scientific articles.
  • Practice in popular presentation of scientific results.
  • Practice in assessing views that are put forward during public debate.


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.

The number of students on the course is limited to 40. Students at the BSc programmes at Department of Geosciences are prioritized attandance on the coures in this order:

  1. Students on Geofysikk og klima (bachelor)
  2. Students on Geologi og geografi (bachelor)
  3. Students on Geofag: geologi, geofysikk og geografi (bachelor) (being phased out)
  4. Incoming exchange students on exchange agreements at Department of Geosciences
  5. MN bachelorstudents and single course students

In the case of more applicants for the course than places, seats are allocated by lot within the categories in the ranking


Formal prerequisite knowledge

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).

Recommended previous knowledge


Lectures 2 hours per week. Serminars 2 hours per week with discussion and student presentations. Supervision will be given in how to plan and carry out a project, and how to write popular science. A presentation of a scientific paper, writing of a popular scientific article and a project thesis count in the final grade.

Attendance at the first lecture is compulsory. Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Study administration, email address:


  • Multiple choice tests have to be approved before you can take part of the final examination
  • A seminar presentation of the main content in scientific articles counts 1/3
  • A popular scientific article counts 1/3
  • A project thesis counts 1/3
  • All the results are evaluated together and given as a final grade.

Language of examination

Written and oral parts of the examination will be accepted in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

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






Spring 2020


Spring 2020

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)