Geography (MA)

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Geography master study at the Faculty of Humanities is specialized in spatial planning. Programme has two courses: Spatial planning course and Karstology course. Both courses give students competences in the field of spatial planning. In the Spatial planning course some more emphasis is given on the themes regarding spatial planning in border and coastal regions and to special contemporary geographical processes in the Mediterranean. In the Karstology course students get acquainted with different aspects of karst environments – Slovenia is characterized by a spectacular karst environment and therefore it is known as being a cradle of karst science. The Geography study programme has been developed in the cooperation with researchers form the Karst research Institute and Geographical Research Institute “Anton Melik” of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts.


The structure of the programme in terms of study units during individual years of studies

 

Year of Studies

Types of Study Units

Number of Study Units

Number of Credit Points (ECTS)

By Study Units

Total

1st

Compulsory Subjects

5

30

60

Elective Course Subject

1

6

Field / Research Practicum

1

6

External Elective Subjects

3

18

2nd

Compulsory Subjects

7

36

60

Elective Course Subject

1

6

Master Thesis

1

18

Total

 

19

120

120


Having completed the Master thesis, students will get the following basic competences and skills:

  • Ability for complex evaluation and management of geographic processes and spatial problems, with special emphasis on understanding contemporary social changes, cultural and landscape diversity, and interconnection of locality and globalism;
  • Understanding of the different aspects of spatial development;
  • Understanding of the importance of following the principles of sustainable development in land use planning;
  • Ability for independent research and professional work in spatial planning;
  • Skill in use of geographic analytical and interpretational methods, which are the basis for spatial planning and planning of land use in particular environments;
  • Critical thinking and knowledge of holistic (complex) approach for problem solving in spatial planning;
  • The ability of dissemination of crucial (key) information regarding spatial planning to decision makers, not familiar with the subject of spatial planning;
  • The ability of use of the acquired knowledge in practice;
  • Knowledge of use of modern computer techniques (GIS) in spatial planning.

Geography master study additionally offers:

  • thorough practical knowledge of modern GIS;
  • good knowledge of geographical field research methods;
  • practical training in work environment.

 

Graduates from foreign universities can enrol in Geography Master Programme at UP FHŠ under equivalent conditions to those valid for graduates from higher education institutions in Slovenia.

 

The Geography Master Programme additionally offers students an option to enrol parts of the study programme; each of them has 30 ECTS. Parts of the study programme that can be studied autonomously are Planning, Karstology, and Environment and sustainable development.

 

Planning:

  • Planning of transport and tourism / 6 ECTS
  • Planning in coastal areas / 6 ECTS
  • Development challenges on karst / 6 ECTS
  • GIS for spatial planning 1 / 6 ECTS
  • Sustainable management of water resources / 6 ECTS

 

Karstology:

  • Karst and karstology / 6 ECTS
  • Development challenges on karst / 6 ECTS
  • Karst hydrology and ecology / 6 ECTS
  • Evolution of karst surface and caves / 6 ECTS
  • Karst in the world – selected examples / 6 ECTS

 

Environment and sustainable development:

  • The evolution of the concept of sustainable development / 6 ECTS
  • Sustainable management of water resources / 6 ECTS
  • Natural disasters and sustainable development / 6 ECTS
  • Contemporary geographical processes in Mediterranean / 6 ECTS
  • Development challenges on karst / 6 ECTS

Programme Structuretop

1st year

  • Planning of transport and tourism • 6 ECTS
  • Planning in coastal and border areas (Spatial planning course) • 6 ECTS
  • The evolution of the concept of sustainable development • 6 ECTS
  • GIS for spatial planning 1 • 6 ECTS
  • Field / research practicum • 6 ECTS
  • Karst and karstology • 6 ECTS
  • Elective course subject • 6 ECTS
  • Three elective subjects from other programmes • 6 ECTS

2nd year

  • Geography of globalization and marginal areas • 6 ECTS
  • Development challenges on karst • 6 ECTS
  • Natural disasters and sustainable development • 6 ECTS
  • Sustainable management of water resources • 6 ECTS
  • Karst hydrology and ecology • 6 ECTS
  • Geography and planning practicum • 3 ECTS
  • GIS for spatial planning 2 • 3 ECTS
  • Elective course subject • 6 ECTS
  • Master thesis • 18 ECTS
  • The Elective Geography Subjects are:
  • Contemporary geographical processes in Mediterranean (Spatial planning course) • 6 ECTS
  • Evolution of karst surface and caves (Karstology course)• 6 ECTS
  • Karst in the world – selected examples (Karstology course)• 6 ECTS