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290045 EX Scientific excursion abroad: Population Dynamics in Southern France (2018S)

4.00 ECTS (3.00 SWS), SPL 29 - Geographie
Continuous assessment of course work

Die Exkursion findet vom 18.-25.09.2018 statt.


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 24 participants
Language: German



Die Exkursion findet vom 18.-25.09.2018 statt.


Aims, contents and method of the course

On the basis of specific case studies, students will reflect upon population dynamics and development issues in a metropolitan area with various territorial issues (see thematic focuses). They will gain insights on topic-related questions and they will be able to develop a critical reflection.
The excursion will take place in Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, some areas in Luberon and le Var.

Thematic focuses:
- urban and regional development
- population dynamics (including migration, socio-spatial inequalities and urban poverty, segregation, gated communities and criminality in Marseille, conflicts between agriculture areas – wien estates, urban growth, natural heritage and tourist activities)

Planned route:
The group will meet in Aix-en-Provence on the 18th of September (evening). Various activities and visits will take place in the surrounding areas (such as in Marseille: old town, Calanques, Etang de berre; Aix en Provence; Luberon: Lourmarin; Var: wine estate in Bandol, Porquerolles).
Marseille is 30km away from Aix.

The following learning objectives should be achieved within the excursion:
-To deepen understanding of the social, economic and political development in the metropolis area of Marseille and to be able to capture the main challenges of one of the most populated region in France.
-To deepen understanding of the socio-spatial segregation effects of a metropolis with a high level of inequality.
-To reflect upon the human-environment nexus of a densely populated area located in an agricultural and tourist region.
-To get to know relevant institutions and stakeholders in Southern France dealing with population issues (migration, health, urban development).
-To use multicultural competences.

Assessment and permitted materials

Preparation of key topics focused upon population dynamics and regional development in metropolis of Aix Marseille Provence with poster presentation (in english), active cooperation during the excursion, short report/essay.
- Regular and active participation in the event (50%),
- Poster presentation and short report to be submitted two weeks before the event (50%)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

At least 80 % of attendance at the preparation sessions is expected (medical certificate will be asked for a proof in case of illness). More absenteeism could be compensated by additional written tasks.

In class presentation and the short report will be marked individually as well as active participation in the classes and the excursion. An assignment is passed with a minimum grade of 4.

Grading scheme:
100 - 86 % - grade 1
85 - 71 % - grade 2
70 - 56 % - grade 3
55 - 41 % - grade 4
40 - 0 % - grade 5

Examination topics

The examination material includes the joint analysis and discussion of relevant literature and documents on the subject, the independent research of sources and materials as well as the presentation of these work results in the form of an academic essay.

Reading list

Literature will be discussed during the course and be made available via Moodle when necessary.

Association in the course directory

(B11-7.2) (MG3-EX) (MR7-EX) (L2-EX) (MA UF GW 02)

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