SGO4601 – Economic geography: Institutions, evolution and sustainability transitions

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Course content

This course builds upon topics that were introduced in SGO2200 – Economic globalisation and regional development and SGO3200 – Innovation in Sustainability Transitions and Transformations. It provides an introduction to new directions in theory such as evolutionary economic geography and addresses institutions and the dynamics between the local and global. Thematically it delves into debates over environmental sustainability transitions, a more environmentally aware economic geography and empirical examples .

Learning outcome

Knowledge aims

  • The ability to provide a thorough account of and to discuss central concepts such as evolution and institutions in economic geography.
  • An understanding of the dynamics between actors on different geographical levels such as local, global and national.
  • To know some of the recent literature on sustainability, transitions and green innovations within economic geography.

Learning aim

The aim of course is to lay the foundation for the theoretically informed analysis in the master theses.


This course is a part of the Master's program in Human Geography.

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

International applicants, if you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.

Students in other master programs may apply to be accepted as guest students. Please note that the following special restrictions apply:

  • applicant must be admitted to a master program.
  • this course will be taken as a part of their Master's degree.
  • a confirmation from the students student adviser must be attached to the application.
  • there are available places in this course.

Applications must be sent to the Department by 26 August.

If you already have completed our Master's programme in Human Geography and want to take additional master courses, please read this

The course is designed for both Norwegian students and students on exchange programmes or bilateral agreements. All teaching will be given in English.


Recommended previous knowledge

The course builds upon SGO2200 – Economic globalisation and regional development og SGO3100 – By- og regional utvikling (discontinued).

Overlapping courses

If you have taken SGO4016 – Økonomisk geografi (discontinued) or SGO312, you cannot take SGO4601.


The teaching consists of both lectures and seminars.


6-hour written exam.

Previous exams

Examination support material

Students may use dictionaries at this exam. Dictionaries must be handed in before the examination. Please read regulations for dictionaries permitted at the examination.

Language of examination

The 6-hour school exam will be given in English only. The students can choose whether they will answer the exam questions in English, Norwegian, Swedish or Danish.

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

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Resit an examination

If you are sick or have another valid reason for not attending the regular exam, we offer a postponed exam later in the same semester.

See also our information about resitting an exam.

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






Every other autumn starting 2009


Every other autumn starting 2009

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