Undergraduate Course: Human Geography (GEGR08007)
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Human Geography is a broad course designed to introduce students to key geographical debates, theories and concepts. The course provides a foundation to future studies in geography. Students will gain a broad understanding of the interaction between human societies and the spaces in which they exist, looking at a range of economic, cultural, social, and political processes at a variety of scales. The course will explore four key themes: (1) Environment, Society and Nature (2) Mobile Worlds; (3) Geographies of Difference (4) politics and space; (5) geographies of difference. Through these themes we will examine why geography matters to a series of contemporary debates and concerns, including: globalization, climate change, social inequality, capitalism, and the future. 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 be encouraged to pursue their curiosity about the world around them and some of the most pressing, contemporary social, economic, political and cultural issues of our time.
The course is taught using lectures and tutorials and supported by a range of online materials. The lectures will introduce students to key geographical themes and ideas. The tutorials will enable students to explore these themes in a group setting in which they will be asked to draw upon their own observations, experience and readings. In the Class Essay students are expected to demonstrate a critical understanding of some of the main concepts in human geography. In the Degree Project, students are expected to demonstrate a critical understanding of a key concept in human geography. Students will also be guided through a programme of directed reading that should feed into tutorials, essays and the take home examination.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
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
|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)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Take Home Exam: 50%, Course Work: 50 %, Practical Exam: 0%
Class Assessment: Essay (1,500 words), attendance at all tutorials, and submission of class essay.
Degree Assessment: 50% Project (1,500 words), 50% take home exam (one essay answer of 1,000 words). The 50/50 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.
||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.
Degree Essay: week 9
Take-home exam: early December
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate a range of writing skills (essay, report and peer review) and analytical skills
- critically assess a range of theoretical and conceptual issues in human geography
- demonstrate skills in constructive criticism and analysis
- read widely using bibliographic databases and other library resources
|Cloke, P., Crang, P. and Goodwin, M. (2013) Introducing Human Geographies (Third edition). London: Routledge|
|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 organiser||Dr Rachel Hunt
Tel: (0131 6)50 2548
|Course secretary||Miss Carry Arnold
Tel: (0131 6)50 9847