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Undergraduate Course: Geography in the Archive (GEGR10064)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  25
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
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

Assessment deadlines:
Class Assessment (formative): Week 6
Degree Assessment (summative): Week 9
Feedback 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
Learning Outcomes
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.
Reading List
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.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Hannah Fitzpatrick
Tel: (0131 6)50 2294
Course secretaryMiss Leigh Corstorphine
Tel: (01316) 502572
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