GEO3032 – Climate Change and Impacts

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

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.

Admission to the course

The number of students on the course is limited to 40. Students at the BSc programmes at the Department of Geosciences are prioritized and ranked in the admission as follows:

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

Special admission requirements

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).


Lectures 2 hours per week. Seminars 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. Multiple choice, presentation of a scientific paper, writing of a popular scientific article and a project thesis count in the final grade.

Weekly submissions have to be approved before you can take part in the final examination.

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 Student administration (


  • Weekly assignments must be approved in order for a student to take part in the final examination.
  • Multiple choice tests count 1/4.
  • A seminar presentation of the main content in scientific articles counts 1/4.
  • A popular scientific article counts 1/4.
  • A project thesis counts 1/4.
  • All the component parts have to be passed individually and the results are evaluated together and given as a final grade.

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.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

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.

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.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Nov. 28, 2020 7:13:25 AM

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Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)