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Undergraduate Course: Human Geography (GEGR08007)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course provides a foundation for the understanding of fundamental concepts and current ideas in human geography for the Geography degree programmes. The development of cultural, social, political and economic spaces at a variety of scales and the interaction of human societies with the biophysical environment form the basis of the course. Students will be introduced to key geographical theories and concepts and to basic research methods.

This course is open to all university students: priority for places is given to students on the Geography degree programmes and Sustainable Development.
Course description This course is designed to introduce participants to key geographical theories and concepts, and to basic research methods. This course provides a foundation to future studies in Geography.

Students will gain a broad understanding of the interaction of human societies with the biophysical environment and a range of economic, cultural, social and political processes at a variety of scales. The course will explore 6 key themes: making the modern world; geographies of development; society, environment and nature; political geographies; urban world and cultural geographies. Through these themes students will examine why geography matters to a series of contemporary debates and concerns, including: globalization, sustainability, social inequality, nationalism, and war. A variety of local, national and international case studies will be used to examine these substantive issues and to consider issues of social justice, values and ethics.

During the course students will learn how to tackle geographical issues and will be given the scope to pursue their curiosity about the world around them and some of the most pressing, contemporary social, economic, political and cultural issues.
The course will be taught using lectures, tutorials and an IT practical. It will also be
supported by a range of online materials.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  218
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 7, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 4, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 149 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Students are required to pass both the degree coursework and the exam in order to pass the course.
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Class Assessment: Essay marked by tutor (1000 words), computer practical assessed online/by IT lecturer. DP: Attendance at all tutorials, project workshops and computer practical, submission of class essay and computer-based practical.

Degree Assessment: 40% Project (2000 words), 60% take home exam (2 essay answers). The 40/60 assessment reflects the relative teaching contact and independent study time which students are expected to spend in preparing for each part of the degree assessment. At least 40% must be achieved in each component (and overall) to pass the course.
Feedback Written feedback will be given on all submitted work, including the class essay, degree project and take home exam. Verbal feedback will be provided in tutorials.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a range of writing skills (essay, report and peer review) and analytical skills
  2. critically assess a range of theoretical and conceptual issues in human geography
  3. demonstrate skills in constructive criticism and analysis
  4. read widely using bibliographic databases and other library resources
Reading List
Cloke, P., Crang, P. and Goodwin, M. (2013) Introducing Human Geographies (Third edition). London: Routledge
Detailed reading list is provided in the course handbook
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the importance of geographical enquiry to key contemporary debates which include globalization, sustainability, social inequality and nationalism.

Students will also be able to demonstrate skills an ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Additional Class Delivery Information Students select just one of the tutorial time slots
Course organiserDr Julie Cupples
Tel: (0131 6)51 4315
Course secretaryMiss Sarah Mcallister
Tel: (0131 6)50 4917
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