Graduate School

Use and protection of karst surface

This course is part of the programme:
Karstology (Third Level)

Objectives and competences

Students get basic understanding on the historical evolution of settlement on karst areas, prevailing land use and pressure on karst. Also understand the present conditions and trends in settlement and land use.



Content (Syllabus outline)

  • Karst as cultural landscape
  • History of settlement and land use on karst
  • Examples of good and bad land use practices

Intended learning outcomes

Understanding of history of the settlement and different historical ways of land use. Present land use and pressure on karst ecosystem.


  • Gams, I., 2004: Kras v Sloveniji v prostoru in času.- Založba ZRC 515 str., Ljubljana.
  • Kranjc, Andrej/Ed., 1997: Slovene Classical Karst 1-254, Ljubljana (159906)
  • Nicod J., 2003: Les karsts dinariques : paysages et problemes : Slovénie, Croatie, Bosnie-Herzégovine, Monténégro = Slovenija, Hrvaška, Bosna-Hercegovina,Črna gora / Jean Nicod. – Ljubljana : Slovenska akademija znanosti in umetnosti; Nîmes : Association Française de Karstologie, 183 str.


The oral exam is designed to assess the student acquired knowledge from the classes and ability to understand, articulate and expressing their knowledge. Conditions for examination are the presence at the field work, a short essay (5-10 pages), by which the student works on a certain topic related to his seminar and dissertation.

Lecturer's references

Associate professor of geography.


University course code: 3KR022

Year of study: 1

Semester: 1

Course principal:



  • Lectures: 50 hours
  • Seminar: 30 hours
  • Field exercises: 10 hours
  • Individual work: 90 hours

Course type: elective

Languages: slovene, english

Learning and teaching methods:
• lectures • individual consultations • field work and preparation of the report • individual work under s under supervision of the lecturer responsible for the course