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Undergraduate Course: Economic and Political Geography (GEGR08003)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is designed to provide a general introduction to the fields of economic and political geography and to explore some of the important intersections between political and economic systems.
Course description The course is divided into three main sections: (1) Economic and Political Systems of the Past; (2) Industrial Capitalism and the Nation-State; and (3) Towards a Global Society?. The first section introduces key economic and political factors and shows how they have worked and combined differently in various systems, such as feudalism, colonialism and mercantilism. As its title suggests, the second section of the course focuses on capitalism and the nation-state and it explores the relationships between industrialisation, imperialism and the emergence of a world economy, with a particular focus on changing geographies of labour. The third section concentrates on recent economic and political systems such as nationalism and neoliberalism as well as current issues including global consumption, waste, debt and crisis; slums; and the 'state of the future'.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Human Geography (GEGR08007)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 161 )
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 65 %, Coursework 35 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One 1500 word degree essay = 35%, One two-hour degree examination (2 questions) = 65%. Students are required to pass both the coursework and the exam in order to pass the course.
Feedback Formal feedback is provided through detailed marginal annotations on both the degree essay and the degree examination. A paragraph explaining the basis for the grade awarded and summarising strategies for improvement is also provided. In addition, students are offered feedback on degree essay outlines.

Feedback on work which is not formally assessed includes written feedback on at least one tutorial reading summary as well as verbal feedback in tutorials. Students also have the opportunity to submit an optional class essay (on a different topic from the degree essay), which will be marked by their tutorial leader.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of the scope of Economic and Political Geography
  2. demonstrate a broad understanding of core concepts and currents debates in Economic and Political Geography
  3. confidently develop independent opinions along with the capacity to differentiate between when these are worth defending or might be better revised
  4. demonstrate improved skills in constructive criticism and analysis through oral and written communication including peer participation in tutorials
Reading List
There is no core text for this course. Weekly readings for the course are posted on LEARN and detailed reading lists are provided for each week of class/topic in the course handbook (which will also be available on LEARN).
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will be able to demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of Economic and Political Geography, including core concepts and current debates.
Students will also be able to demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Special Arrangements This course is open to all university students: priority for places is given to students on the Geography degree programmes and Sustainable Development.
Additional Class Delivery Information Lectures plus tutorials.
Course organiserDr Jan Penrose
Tel: (0131 6)50 8161
Course secretaryMiss Carry Arnold
Tel: (0131 6)50 9847
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