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BA Hons (Full Time)

UCAS Code:L700
Minimum Length:3 Year(s)
Credit Points:360
Part II Weight:8
Part II Year 2 Weight:4
Part II Year 3 Weight:4
Part II Year 4 Weight:0
Director of Studies:Dr AM Folkard

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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-         To provide a flexible but structured training in Geography which will provide students with knowledge and understanding appropriate for subject-specific graduate employment

-         To develop key transferable skills to prepare students for more general graduate employment

-         To develop the intellectual and practical skills necessary for progression to postgraduate research and training

-         To encourage academic curiosity which will prepare students for lifelong learning

-         To offer a choice of modules which will give students experience across the spectrum of Geography, but with an emphasis on Human Geography

-         To offer all students the opportunity to conduct a substantial research project

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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Knowledge and Understanding

Depending on the choice of modules, students will acquire detailed knowledge and understanding, with an emphasis on the following Human Geography topics:

-                     Political economy, geo-politics, inequality and justice

-                     Globalisation, urbanisation and culture

-                     Geographies of science, technology and nature

-                     Environment and society

-                     Health, development and migration

But with a significant element of the following Physical Geography topics:

-                     Past Environments and their reconstruction

-                     Freshwater and Marine environments and processes

-                     Glacial environments and processes

-                     Solid Earth environments and processes

-                     Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing 

Students will be given guidance on an appropriate choice of modules

Intellectual skills

-         Synthesising and critically evaluating information from a variety of sources

-         Interpreting textual, cartographic, and numerical data

-         Assessing the merits of contrasting theories, explanations and policies in geography

-         Analysing, problem-solving and decision making

-         Developing a reasoned argument and intellectual integrity

Practical skills

-         Plan, execute and report on fieldwork and geographical research in the human and physical realms, and an ability to use the technical skills needed for this

-         Carry out risk assessments and list appropriate safety precautions associated with practical or project work

-         Appreciate the ethical issues in geographical debates, as a citizen and researcher

Transferable skills

-           Work independently or as part of a team

-           Use relevant Information Technology

-           Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills

-           Design and prepare project proposals

-           An ability to learn new, diverse and complex material

-           Take responsibility for, and reflect on one's learning, at university and later in life

Structure, Features and Regulations: Compulsory and Optional Modules

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Part 1: Students must take Double Geography (GEOG170/GEOG171 (Human and Physical Geography) plus one other Part 1 course.  GEOG170/GEOG171 comprises the following modules: LEC.101, LEC.102, LEC.103, GEOG104 and GEOG105 plus one of either ENV.115 or EBIO105.


Part 2, year 2:

Students must take Geog 201 (Techniques) and Geog 202 (Concepts) This provides a two unit core

Students must take one half unit from the human geography modules on offer and one half unit from the environmental geography modules on offer (total one unit)

Students must choose two more half units from the Geography units on offer or may choose one geography half unit plus one half unit from a cognate subject studied in Part 1 (total one unit)


Part 2 year 3:

Students must take Geog 301 (one unit dissertation)

Students choose three more units of teaching from the geography modules on offer.  Students may take up to one unit in a cognate subject studies in year two.

Students on the BA Geography course are expected to draw the majority of their final year courses from Human/Environmental modules


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