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Undergraduate Course: Geography Fieldwork: Foundations (Human) (GEGR09021)

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
SummaryA week-long field course in Athens, Greece, centred around three key themes: refugees, gentrification, and street-art. These are designed to explore several ideas from human geography in a particularly fascinating context, culminating in a short research project on-site.
Course description The course will explore some of the theoretical and methodological issues that arise from doing field research in a context of severe austerity. The three themes of the course┬┐the refugee crisis, gentrification, and street art┬┐are all effected by the fallout from the 2008 financial crisis. We draw on a range of theoretical perspectives in an attempt to understand these processes in context. Even as we use established qualitative and quantitative research methods, doing so in a non-English speaking context will make us attentive to its limits as we work in hybrid spaces.

Students will gain valuable skills in designing and executing a fieldwork based research project, as well as analysing and presenting results from this exercise. Moreover, students will develop new insights on methodological issues of positionality and the relationship between research and "field".
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  40
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Fieldwork Hours 70, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 126 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Reading Summary 1000 words (20%) (a summary of key reading in preparation for the field course meeting learning outcomes 1,2 and 3); Group Presentation (learning outcomes 1,2 3, 4, 5); 2500 word Essay (learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Feedback Feedback in integral to the design of the fieldtrip and will be a continuous process before, during and after the field trip. Students will receive formative feedback in course meetings, throughout teaching activities in the field and via office hours. Students will receive staff or postgraduate supervision for group work. Written and pro-forma feedback will be provided on all summative assessments
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. An ability to make connections between theoretical concepts in geography and case studies drawn from the field
  2. An understanding of the relationship between alternative/Southern theories and dominant paradigms so as to appreciate how it contests dominant thought.
  3. A grounding in a range of methodologies, and an ability to critically assess their weaknesses and strengths.
  4. Practical experience of designing and completing a small research project.
  5. Experience of teamwork and collaborative research, with attentiveness to ethics, safety, and respect for peers and your research constituents.
Reading List
1. Cloke, Paul, Philip Crang and Mark Goodwin (2014) Introducing Human Geographies (relevant concepts and sections)
2. Connell, Raewyn (RW) (2007) Southern Theory: Social Science and the Global Dynamics of Knowledge (relevant chapters)
3. Crang, Mike and Ian Cook (2007) Doing Ethnographies
4. Delahunt, Meaghan (2011) To The Island Granta Books
5. Heynen, Nik, Maria Kaika and Eric Swyngedouw (Eds.) (2006) In the Nature of Cities: Urban Political Ecology and the Politics of Urban Metabolism (relevant chapters)
6. Rose, Gillian (2011) Visual Methodologies: An Introduction to Researching with Visual Materials
7. Varoufakis, Yanis (2016) And the Weak Must Suffer What they Must? UK: Bodley Head
8. Varoufakis, Yanis (2011) The Global Minotour: America, Europe and the Future of the Global Economy London: Zed Books
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research design; applying learning in a research and real work context; group work; presentation skills; critical thinking; writings skills (summaries, reviews, and essay)
KeywordsFieldwork,Human Geography
Course organiserDr Hamish Kallin
Tel: (0131 6)50 2533
Course secretaryMs Kathryn Will
Tel: (0131 6)50 2624
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