Master degree – 7.5 credits, Course code GG8116
Start Fall term period 2
Language: English

This course introduces advanced topics relevant to petrology & tectonics such as the evolution of the mantle and lithosphere, its geochemical evolution, crustal growth processes, and the structure and mechanics of collisional orogens. The course introduces a wide range of concepts necessary for integrating mantle and lithospheric processes into a plate tectonic framework, such as the i) theoretical basis for conceptualizing mantle flow and circulation; ii) theoretical basis for understanding heat flow in the crust; iii) exhumation mechanisms of deep-seated crust related to orogeny; and iv) historical development of paired crust-mantle geochemical evolution. The course also provides an introduction to the use and application of software tools needed for the numerical and analogue modelling of these parameters.




Course Director
Victoria PeaseVictoria Pease
Department of Geological Sciences

Stockholm University
106 91 Stockholm


Office: R429
Office hours: Wednesdays 10.00–11.00

Admission requirements

Knowledge equivalent to a Bachelor degree of at least 90 credits in Geology or Geoscience. The course Petrogenesis and Tectonics (GG5112) alternatively course Tectonics (GG4147) and Petrogenesis (GG4148) or equivalent must be included. English B or equivalent.


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for the fall 2016 is available now.

Course description


Course literature

Reading material to be provided on the first day of class. 


There is no final exam for this course. The final grade will be based on the following:
Seminar presentations 20% – an oral summary of the assigned article will be assessed with group and instructor feedback. A point system will be used.
Seminars 35% – consisting equally of i) a written summary of each article (1 A4 page maximum) due at the beginning of each seminar, ii) demonstrated knowledge and comprehension of reading assignments via active participation in discussion and direct queries, and iii) leading the seminar demonstrating preparation, e.g.– pre-defined questions/points of discussion. A point system will be used.
Laboratories 45% – reports of the numerical or analogue modelling laboratories will be graded with points and should demonstrate your understanding of the exercise, identify the important variables, and include a discussion of its limitations and advantages.




Department of Geological Sciences
Svante Arrhenius väg 8, SE-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden | Phone: +46 (0)8 16 20 00 | Web administrator ines.jakobsson[at]
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