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BA Hons Geography / North America

Mode of Study: Full Time Department: Lancaster Environment Centre
UCAS Code: L701 Duration/Length: 3 Year(s)
QAA Subject Management: Geography Director of Studies: Dr AM Folkard
Total Credit Points: 360 Credit Points Year 2: 120
Credit Points Year 3: 120

Syllabus Rules and Pre-requisites

  • PartI
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • The student must take 1 modules from the following group:
  • PartII (Year 2)
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • PartII (Year 3)
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • The student must take 6 modules from the following group:

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Geography at Lancaster allows students to undertake an extensive course of study, gain a wide range of skills and have the opportunity to cover many innovative and exciting modules. There are a large number of options to this programme which include working with academics and staff from companies based in the Environment Centre, or getting out and about with our field courses. In year 2, students undertake their studies at a carefully selected university in North America, providing students with an exciting opportunity to gain a different perspective on the subject, build confidence and enhance their CVs.In the third year, students complete an in-depth dissertation with support from research-active academic staff. 

    The programme aims to:

    • Provide a flexible but structured training in Geography which will provide students with knowledge and understanding appropriate for subject-specific graduate employment.
    • Provide experience of living and studying on a different continent, and open up the many and varied opportunities that this will provide.
    • Develop key transferable skills to prepare students for general graduate employment with emphasis on confidence and experience gained abroad;
    • Develop the intellectual and practical skills necessary for progression to postgraduate research and training;
    • Encourage academic curiosity which will prepare students for lifelong learning;
    • Offer a choice of modules which will give students experience across the spectrum of Geography, and an appreciation of its inherent inter-disciplinarity, but with the opportunity to emphasize human geography approaches and topics;
    • Offer all students the opportunity to conduct a substantial research project.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Graduates with Honours will be able to:

    • Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of key subject areas in Geography, with the opportunity to place particular emphasis on Human Geography. Depending on module options, this may include an understanding of: Development and sustainability; Political geography, inequality and justice; Cultural geography, globalisation and urbanisation; Society, environment and climate; Geographies of nature; Geographies of food and consumption; Environmental management.
    • Appreciate the differences and similarities in the ways in which Geography is taught and researched in different countries and institutions.
    • Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of significant elements of Physical Geography topics which, depending on module options, may include: Past environments and their reconstruction, Freshwater and marine environments and processes, Glacial environments and processes, Geological and volcanological processes, Biogeochemistry and soil science, Atmospheric and climate science, Biogeographical and ecological processes, Agricultural crop science, Environmental remote sensing.
    • Show a greater sense of independence and self-reliance having studied in, and learnt about, a different society, culture and higher education system;
    • Synthesise and critically evaluate information from a variety of sources;
    • Create, analyse and interpret textual, cartographic and numerical data;
    • Assess the merits of contrasting theories, explanations and policies in geography;
    • Design and prepare project proposals and analyse, problem-solve and make decisions;
    • Construct a reasoned argument and use intellectual integrity;
    • Plan, execute and report on geographical research in field, laboratory and desk-based settings, using the technical skills needed for this, including use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and a range of other quantitative and qualitative techniques and tools appropriate to their choice of modules and research projects;
    • Carry out risk assessments and list appropriate safety precautions associated with practical or project work;
    • Identify ethical issues in geographical debates, as a citizen and researcher;
    • Work independently and as part of a team;
    • Use relevant information and communication technology and demonstrate effective asynchronous (e.g. written) and synchronous (e.g. oral) communication skills;
    • Demonstrate an ability to learn new, diverse and complex material;
    • Take responsibility for, and reflect on one's learning, at university and later in life.

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