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2014/15 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

GEOG2035 Geographies of Economies

20 creditsClass Size: 185

Module manager: Dr Paul Waley
Email: p.t.waley@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2014/15

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Not offered as discovery module.

Objectives

By the end of this module, students should have acquired:
i) a knowledge of the principal themes in economic geography
ii) an understanding of how these themes play themselves out in contemporary conditions
iii) an appreciation of the relationship of these themes to broader developments in human geography
iv) an understanding of different theoretical approaches in human geography and their development through time
v) key skills in critical reading and writing
vi) an understanding of how to identify appropriate topics for research
vii) familiarity with a range of skills necessary for the design and preparation of a dissertation

Learning outcomes
1. The dynamic nature of geographical thought and practice and the inter-relationships between the discipline and the social sciences and humanities;
2. The history of geographical thought as it relates to a broader history of evolving thought in the social sciences;
3. The geography of places and their constitution by economic processes, and the influence of places on these processes;
4. The geographies of difference and inequality with particular reference to the changing nature of urban and regional economies and policy;
5. Contemporary debates about time-space relationships, globalization and global interconnections;
6. The contribution of economic geography to development of environmental political, economic and cultural agendas, policies and practices.

Skills outcomes
Cognitive skills
Assessment and critical evaluation of the merits of contrasting theories, explanations, policies
Critical analysis and interpretation of data and text
Developing reasoned arguments

Practical/professional skills
Collect, interpret and synthesise different types of quantitative and qualitative geographical data

Key skills
Communicate effectively (in writing, verbally and through graphical presentations)
Identify, retrieve, sort and exchange geographical information using a wide range of sources
Manage time and organise work effectively


Syllabus

The module has two related strands. In the first, it introduces students to one of the key sub-disciplinary areas in geography -- economic geography, using the sub-discipline to tell wider stories about human geography more generally. Alongside this, the module introduces students to differing theoretical approaches, from Marxism to post-structuralism, using both tutorials and all-class sessions to outline differing human geographical approaches to research. These lessons are then applied to student dissertation projects in semester two.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture221.0022.00
Practical21.002.00
Seminar61.006.00
Tutorial61.006.00
Private study hours164.00
Total Contact hours36.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Weekly reading for seminars/tutorials; reading and preparation for tutorial essays; revision for examination.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Through tutorials (and tutorial essays) and seminars.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1,500 word tutorial essay25.00
Essay1,500 word tutorial literature review25.00
Research Proposal1,500 word dissertation proposal form25.00
Essay1,500 word tutorial essay25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 16/01/2015

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