With competence for planning, transition and change

Environmental challenges, energy transformation and consequences of human use of natural resources are all part of important challenges facing societies all around the world. Geography studies as you to look at the world and create knowledge to make sense of it.

Within geography there are single subject courses at various levels where you can combine knowledge to create an understanding for essential challenges and their contexts. The single subject courses in combine cultural and natural systems in relation with important challenges and perspectives of planning. Earth is the home for human existence and ways that natural resources are used keeps reminding that life is fragile.

Geography provides knowledge about the interdependency of the living and its physical environments. Such knowledge provides a basis for discussions and decision making in the best interest of our planet. This is what geography is all about and the declaration is supported by its scientific character. The teaching is conducted by active researchers within several fields which make the studies closely connected with relevant developments. Especially focused are spatial and temporal transitions from historical, present, local and global settings. The courses can be studied individually or in combination. If combined with each other, the studies of geography is built on progression and engrossed competence is developed.


At the department of environmental change collaboration is at the heart of the activities which is reflected in the courses. At all levels of studies excursions are included both in local, national and international settings where knowledge can be applied and contextualized in different landscapes. Study visits can provide knowledge and insights about ways that challenges are treated outside the educational and research contexts and what kind of competences potential employers consider to be relevant.

Teaching methods

The teaching methods are various and adjusted with the purpose of different parts of the courses. Lectures, seminars, experimental work, lessons, field work, excursions and study visits are mixed together. As a student you participate in the activities, solve tasks in collaboration and develop competence to present, critically comment and discuss various work. 

Geography students learned about societal risks in Karlstad

During two days in May, geography students from Linköping University conducted an excursion to Karlstad

The 25 students, who are in their second semester of geography studies, visited Karlstad University's RiskLab, which is a part of the Center for Research on Societal Risks.

There, they had the opportunity to try three different tools to enhance knowledge in areas such as climate-related risks and societal crisis preparedness.

Floodville is a flood simulation game where a fictional Karlstad gradually gets flooded using a water hose representing the Klarälven river. With the help of models, the students were able to prioritize and attempt to protect various vital functions in the city, such as wastewater treatment plants, power plants, and hospitals, while the water level rose.

"The RiskLab was great in visually illustrating how a flood can affect an area and how to make choices based on priorities", one student commented.

The day concluded with a risk walk in Karlstad, focusing on vulnerabilities and previously implemented measures.
Geography students on an excursion in Karlstad
Geography students from LiU visit RiskLab at Karlstad University
Geography students on an excursion in Karlstad
Floodville is a flood game where a fictional Karlstad is slowly flooded with the help of a water hose that is supposed to resemble the city's river..
Geography students on an excursion in Karlstad
"Riskköping" is a game where the goal is to decide on different expansions and discuss priorities based on given guidelines and limitations.
Geography students on an excursion in Karlstad
The students also worked with a risk and probability matrix for different sectors of society.
Geography students on an excursion in Karlstad
The day ended with a risk walk in Karlstad with a focus on specific vulnerabilities, but also places where measures have already been taken, such as extra large stormwater wells, waterways or architecture adapted to floods.


Environmental Change