Undergraduate Course: Geography in the Archive (GEGR10064)
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This research elective introduces students to the nature, purpose and function of the archive as a "knowledge space" - a site for the safe keeping, curation, and production of scholarly and other materials.
Using lectures, tutorials, and, depending on current government and university guidelines, digital or in-person visits to archives within institutions in the City of Edinburgh, attention will be paid to the ways in which the archive as a space and archiving as a process determine the nature of knowledge and the questions that can be asked by researchers. The research elective is of particular benefit to UG geography students for whom the focus of their dissertation is historical (broadly understood) and involves textual analysis and interpretation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Written Exam: 0%, Course Work: 100 %, Practical Exam: 0%.
Class assessment: One 1,500 word essay.
Degree assessment: One 4,000 word essay report
Class Assessment (formative): Week 6
Degree Assessment (summative): Week 9
||Feedback is provided on the class essay as a group and on individual student work. Thus, the class essay set on (week 2) and due in week 6 will be appraised and returned in time for class session on week 7.
Individual feedback follows via timetabled sessions. Feedback on degree work takes place via the timetabled Feedback sessions in Semester 2.
|No Exam Information
| Rather than focus alone on the content of relevant geographical and other archived material, students will be expected to interrogate and to understand the archives' own conditions of existence, including provenance, cataloguing and accessibility. As a result, students will: have a detailed, comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the management and content of selected archives as research repositories; be able to exercise critical judgement in the management of a research problem, with reference to its intellectual content and with insight into the provenance, and archival treatment of the sources in question. In undertaking and successfully completing this research elective, students will attain skills in the design, implementation, and critical examination of specific research questions and offer professional level interpretations of their results. Students will be able to present, verbally and in writing, a reasoned argument exploring the theory of the archive as a space for the storage, preservation and management of scholarly materials.
|There is no set text for this research elective. The majority of the reading material is from journal articles and most will be available on-line via LEARN and further guidance is given in the Course Handbook.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Hannah Fitzpatrick
Tel: (0131 6)50 2294
|Course secretary||Miss Carry Arnold
Tel: (0131 6)50 9847