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Undergraduate Course: Geography Fieldwork: Foundations (Human) (GEGR09008)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe Geography field course provides experience and training via the undertaking of project work in a variety of field settings. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of research and practical skills necessary to undertake field-based research.
Course description This course is a week-long residential field course in Amsterdam open to 3rd Year students on single Honours MA/BSc Geography, MA Geography and Environmental Studies, and Sustainable Development (Geography Pathyway) students only.

This is a 7-day residential fieldtrip in Amsterdam.
Day 1: Travel to Amsterdam
Day 2: Orientation day
Days 3,4, and 5: Staff-led teaching days
Day 6: Student group research projects
Day 7: Student group presentations, and return travel to Edinburgh
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Geography Small Research Project (GEGR09007) OR Geography Fieldwork: Foundations (Physical) (GEGR09009)
Other requirements Students must also take Quantitative Methods in Geography OR Qualitative Methods in Geography AND Research Design
Additional Costs A contribution to cover travel and subsistence is required from students
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  43
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Fieldwork Hours 50, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 46 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework: 100%
2,000 word project
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an ability to make connections between theoretical concepts in geography and real case-studies, and an understanding of the relationship between geographical theories and methods
  2. gain a grounding in a range of methodologies used in human geography, and an ability to critically assess their weaknesses and strengths
  3. demonstraate practical experience of designing and completing a small research project using teamwork and collaborative research
  4. gain the ability to behave safely, ethically and respectfully within a field work environment
Reading List
1. Mak, G. (2001). Amsterdam: A brief life of the city. London: Vintage.
2. Uitermark, J. (2009). 'An in memoriam for the just city of Amsterdam', CITY: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action. 13: 2-3, pp. 347-361.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will be able to demonstrate skills in field research, including collaborating with peers in groups and individually.
Students will also be able to demonstrate an ability to acquire and apply specialist knowledge.
Finally, students will be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Additional Class Delivery Information Week -1, Semester 1 (the week prior to Registration week)
Keywordsgegr09008,human geography,research methodologies
Course organiserDr Daniel Swanton
Tel: (0131 6)50 8164
Course secretaryMiss Sarah Mcallister
Tel: (0131 6)50 4917
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