Case Studies in Petrology

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Case Studies in Petrology

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Period 1

    Course Level: 300

    Course Objective

    The main aim of the course is to develop a deep understanding of petrological processes the context of selected plate tectonic
    environments. This will entail teaching how to use the main petrographic and geochemical techniques and methods.

    Course Content

    Case studies focusing on the petrological aspects of major geodynamic environments. Petrological variations are at the core of the course but
    the importance of (isotope) geochemistry and regional tectonics will be stressed as ways of gaining a full understanding of the key processes
    that control magma genesis and metamorphism. A short field excursion to the Eifel region of Germany will be conducted at the end of the course.
    Specific subjects covered will include:

    • Introduction of experimental petrology and the importance of phase diagrams
    • Magmatism in various tectonic environments
    • Extreme metamorphism of the continental and oceanic crust.
    • Introduction to geochemical analytical methods
    • Interpretation of geochemical data

    Additional Information Teaching Methods

    Lectures with associated class exercises and limited homework.

    Contact hours: 15 half days of combined lecture-practical classes, a 3-day (including travel) field course and a written exam.

    Method of Assessment

    The final mark consists of the following components:

    (1) Class room practicals, petrological descriptions and other assignments (35%);

    (2) Field note book and contribution to the field course (15%);

    (3) Written exam (50%). A minimum mark of 5.5 is required for the written exam in order to pass the course.

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