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60 314 Mapping Rural Norway

Full course name in Norwegian Bokmål: 
Mapping Rural Norway
Course code: 
60 314
Level of study: 
Teaching semester: 
2024 Autumn
Assessment semester: 
2024 Autumn
Language of instruction: 
Maximum number of students: 
Person in charge
Espen Aukrust Hauglin
Required prerequisite knowledge

Admission to AHO and successful completion of three years bachelor level studies (180 ECTS)

Course content

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) provide students with the opportunity to collect, edit, analyze, and visualize geographic data, either as prerequisite or as an integrated part of project development.

The course will introduce basic concepts and methods in mapping, spatial analysis, and GIS. As a case, the course will explore rural communities in northern parts of Østerdalen with a focus on the study of spatial and non-spatial relationships between the built environment and natural resources. The approach to the study is through cartographic mapping and how maps developed in GIS provide insight and knowledge about the use of GIS to study spatial and local phenomena.

The course will emphasize describing situations today, as well as discussing any development opportunities that potentially can be derived from the mapping and detailed cartographic studies.

The course builds on the elective course Coastal Mapping (www.coastalmapping.no), which studied the fishing industry's footprint on land in northern Norwegian fishing villages in the period 2018-2022.

Learning outcome


- Handling geographical information and cartographic representations on a territorial and local scale.
- Knowledge of and skills in studies of urban form from a cartographic perspective.

- Skills in using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for visual mapping and analysis.
- Skills in putting together and presenting a complex spatial study.

General competence:
- Knowledge of rural areas which gives competence to understand and work in this type of area.
- Competence in GIS and handling of geographical knowledge entered on own CV.

Working and learning activities

The course will be organized as joint work with lectures and seminars on mapping, spatial analysis, and GIS. Each student will produce maps and material that describe and discuss rural communities in northern parts of Østerdalen.

The course will conduct an excursion to the northern parts of Østerdalen during the semester

Form of assessmentGroupingGrading scaleComment
Project assignment-Pass / fail
Form of assessment:Project assignment
Grading scale:Pass / fail