Social geography of karst
Comparative Studies of Ideas and Cultures (3rd level)Modul:
Course code: 95
Year of study: Not specified
Workload: lectures 60 hours, seminar 30 hours
Course type: general elective
Learning and teaching methods: lectures, discussion classes
Course syllabus (download)
Before the exam, students have to present a seminar work in front of other students.
Students will be assessed by the overall rating for the exam (50 %) and the seminar work (50 %).
Content (Syllabus outline):
- Importance of karst resources
- Examples of exploitation of karst resources
- Formation of karst cultural landscapes
- Examples of human impact on karst landscapes (e.g., degradation of dolines, cave and groundwater pollution presented on case studies from Slovenia)
- Approaches to assess the disturbance (degradation) of karst landscapes
- Karst features and sustainable development
- Karst geodiversity and geoheritage
- Development of sustainable tourism and geotourism in karst
- Sustainable management of karst protected areas
- van Beynen, P. E. (ed.) 2011. Karst Management. Springer: Dordrecht, New York.
- Ciglič, R., Hrvatin, M., Komac, B., Perko, D., 2012. Karst as a criterion for defining areas less suitable for agriculture. Acta geographica Slovenica, 52-1.
- Ford, D., Williams, P., 2007. Karst Hydrogeology and Geomorphology. Chichester, John Wiley & Sons.
- Gams, I, Gabrovec, M., 1999. Land use and human impact in Dinaric karst. International Journal of Speleology, 28-1.
- Gams, I., 2003. Kras v Sloveniji v prostoru in času. Ljubljana, Založba ZRC.
- Kaligarič, M., Ivajnšič, D., 2014. Vanishing landscape of the “classic” Karst: changed landscape identity and projections for the future. Landscape and Urban Planning, 132.
- Prelovšek, M., Zupan Hajna, N., 2011. Pressures and Protection of the Underground Karst – Cases from Slovenia and Croatia. Postojna, Inštitut za raziskovanje krasa ZRC SAZU.
- Unesco, 2010. Sustainability of the Karst Environment: Dinaric Karst and Other Karst Regions. Paris, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
- van Beynen, P., Townsend, K., 2005. A Disturbance Index for Karst Environments. Environmental Management, 36-1.
- Tičar, J., Tomić, N., Breg Valjavec, M., Zorn, M., Marković, S. B., Gavrilov, M. B. (2018). Speleotourism in Slovenia: balancing between mass tourism and geoheritage protection. Open geosciences 10-1.
Objectives and competences:
- the use of scientific methods in solving professional problems
- communication and mastery of karst terminology
- knowledge and understanding of concepts from the history of human karst interventions (cultural landscape)
- the ability to make an assessment of the state of the karst region
- understanding the importance of karst for man
- ability to understand the vulnerability of the karst underground, aquifers in terms of water supply planning
- the use of acquired knowledge in practice
Intended learning outcomes:
- know the fundamentals of karst systems (natural and socio-economic)
- recognise different karst resources and their role for socio-economic development
- understand the human impacts on karst landscapes
- qualifies to think critically and creatively when evaluating anthropogenic disturbance to karst
Learning and teaching methods:
Types of learning/teaching:
- Frontal teaching
- Work in smaller groups or pair work
- Independent students work
- Case studies
- Different presentation
- Field work (e.g. company visits)
- Inviting guests from companies
- Long written assignments (40 %)
- Presentations (10 %)
- Final examination (written/oral) (50 %)