Theories of Science and Research Design in Geography


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Students completing the module acquire the following:

Learning objectives


  • Understanding of the evolution of central theories in geography at an advanced level
  • Understanding of the relationships between theories of science, research designs and research methods
  • Understanding of the variety of qualitative and quantitative research methods available in geographic field work


  • Can offer critiques of various scientific theoretical directions within the discipline of geography
  • Can employ theories of science, research designs and research methods within own (sub)fields
  • Can use and effectively apply the appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative research methods for conducting geographic research, namely during field work
  • Can communicate knowledge of theories of science and research designs to specialists as well as non-specialists


  • Can reflect critically on choices of qualitative, quantitative and mixed research methods based upon theories of science
  • Can demonstrate professional development through acquisition of new knowledge of the development and renewal of theories of science and research designs.

Type of instruction

Lectures, field work, workshops, seminars, assignments, etc. 



Name of examTheories of Science and Research Design in Geography
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Permitted aids
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleGeografisk videnskabsteori
Module codePGLGEOK17102
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of the Build Environment
DepartmentDepartment of the Built Environment
FacultyFaculty of Engineering and Science