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Undergraduate Course: Human Geography (GEGR08007)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryHuman 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 (2) Colonial Afterlives (3) Bodies, Identities and Difference (4) People and Mobility. 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.
Course description 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 Developing an Essay Plan students are expected to demonstrate how they will develop an essay on a pre-determined question. This plan will then be developed into a Degree Essay where 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.

This course is open to 1st and 2nd year students only. This course is open to other university students however, priority will be given to students on the Geography Degree Programmes and Sustainable Development (Geography Pathway). Please contact to check availability.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is open to 1st and 2nd year students only. This course is open to other university students however, priority will be given to students on the Geography Degree Programmes and Sustainable Development (Geography Pathway). Please contact to check availability.
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  220
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( 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 149 )
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 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Take Home Exam: 50%, Course Work: 50%, Practical Exam: 0%.

Class Assessment: Essay Plan (1,000 words), attendance at all tutorials, and submission of Degree essay (1,500 words).

Degree Assessment: 50% Degree Essay (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.

Assessment deadlines:
Degree Essay - Week 9
Feedback 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.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a range of writing skills (essay, report and peer review) and analytical skills
  2. critically assess a range of theoretical and conceptual issues in human geography
  3. demonstrate skills in constructive criticism and analysis
  4. read widely using bibliographic databases and other library resources
Reading List
Cloke, P., Crang, P. and Goodwin, M. (2013) Introducing Human Geographies (Third edition). London: Routledge
Additional Information
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 organiserDr Sukanya Krishnamurthy
Tel: (0131 6)51 4657
Course secretaryMiss Leigh Corstorphine
Tel: (01316) 502572
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