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Undergraduate Course: Geography Small Research Project (GEGR09023)

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 Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryGeography Small Research Project: Edinburgh¿s Geographies

This course is offered an alternative to the MA Geography field courses. The course introduces the fascinating, and often troubling, geographies, histories and futures of Edinburgh and its surrounding landscapes. The course will develop the students' understanding of the research process from Fundamental Methods in Geography (research design, theoretical frameworks for research, methods, fieldwork, and analysis). The course complements learning about geography's histories and philosophies in Geographical Nature of Geographical Knowledge, and builds towards semester 2 courses Key Methods in Human Geography and Fundamentals of Research Design, which prepare students to undertake independent research in Geography.
In the course students will examine the relationships between field work, the research process and the construction of geographical knowledge. The course will build on, and extend, understandings of key theoretical approaches and substantive concerns that students have encountered in pre-Honours human geography course by applying them to a local context.
Course description The course is organised around themes that address key theoretical and substantive concerns in Human Geography through a close examination of places and landscapes in and around Edinburgh. Each theme will be introduced via a lecture or asynchronous material made available via Learn that will provide an overview of the theme; relate the theme to Edinburgh; and reflect on the research process. Each theme will also be accompanied by a self-guided walk that students are expected to complete independently in small groups. A virtual version of each walk will be available for those students who are not on campus.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% coursework
4000-word portfolio that comprises 'postcard' style blog entries on each walk and a 1000-word reflection on the role of fieldwork in research in human geography.

Assessment deadline:
Week 11
Feedback Formative feedback through workshops and tutorials; written and pro-forma feedback on summative assessment
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Learn via case studies to develop a detailed understanding of Edinburgh¿s geographies
  2. Apply their understanding of key theoretical work in Human Geography to local contexts
  3. Reflect critically on the relationships between field work, the research process and the construction of knowledge in human geography
Reading List
Dependent on the title chosen and students need to find relevant literature.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research design; applying learning in a research and real work context; critical thinking; report writings skills
Keywordsresearch design,methodology
Course organiserDr Daniel Swanton
Tel: (0131 6)50 8164
Course secretaryMiss Carry Arnold
Tel: (0131 6)50 9847
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