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2017/18 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

GEOG1315 People, Place and Politics (Joint Honours)

20 creditsClass Size: 80

Module manager: Dr Deirdre Conlon
Email: d.conlon@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

Pre-requisite qualifications

none

This module is mutually exclusive with

GEOG1310People, Place and Politics
GEOG1320Urban Living

Module replaces

Current level 1 BA Geography modules

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module introduces key themes and concepts in contemporary human geography. The module is divided into three blocks, each with a lecture programme and associated supporting activities, including weekly practicals (statistics and GIS) linked to key topics, and fortnightly tutorials. The three themes are: - Urban Living (changing cities and urban economies; urban regeneration; representing cities; urban politics & conflict; experiencing cities); - Global Populations (demographic change & modelling; global economies; development geographies; migration & transnational geographies; environmental change & population change; a global world); - Justice & Difference (identity & difference; belonging & exclusion; multiculturalism & cosmopolitanism; states and national identities; social, spatial & environmental justice; scales of justice & difference).

Objectives

- To develop students' human geography knowledge and skills
- To explore contemporary geographical issues through a mix of learning and teaching activities and in different global contexts
- To further develop transferable skills
- To encourage students to develop as independent learners through structured activities
- To introduce concepts and themes that are developed in levels 2 and 3 - to enable informed choice of options.

Learning outcomes
- The dynamic nature of geographical thought and practice and the inter-relationships between the discipline and the social sciences and humanities
- Spatial patterns and relationships in human phenomena at a variety of scales
- The geography of places and their constitution by environmental, economic, social and political processes, and the influence of places on these processes
- The geographies of difference and inequality with particular reference to ethnicity, class, gender and the changing nature of urban and regional economies and policy
- Contemporary debates about time-space relationships, globalization and global interconnections
- The theory and application of quantitative, visualisation and other spatial techniques across a wide range of geographical contexts.

Skills outcomes
- Abstraction and synthesis of information from a variety of sources
- Assessment and critical evaluation of the merits of contrasting theories, explanations, policies
- Critical analysis and interpretation of data and text
- Developing reasoned arguments
- Solving problems and making reasoned decisions
- Plan, design, execute and report geographical research both individually and as part of a team
- Undertake effective laboratory work (with due regard for safety and risk assessment)
- Employ a variety of technical methods for the analysis and presentation of spatial and environmental information (eg GIS, etc)
- Collect, interpret and synthesise different types of quantitative and qualitative geographical data
- Recognise the ethical issues involved in geographical debates and enquiries
- Apply numerical and computational skills to geographical information
- Use information technology effectively (including use of spreadsheet, database and word processing programmes; Internet and e-mail)
- Identify, retrieve, sort and exchange geographical information using a wide range of sources.


Syllabus

The syllabus is divided into three themes, each with a 10-week lecture programme and associated supporting L&T activities, including weekly practicals (statistics and GIS) linked to key topics.

Fortnighly tutorials will focus on close reading of key texts and build on skills developed in semester 1 tutorials.

The lecture content will be designed by dividing the 3 themes (of the single honours 40 credit module) into 6 sub-themes; joint honours students will take 3 of the sub-themes (each being a 5 week block, covering each of the 3 main themes).

Indicative topics to be explored over lectures, seminars and practicals:

Urban Living 1 and Urban Living 2
Changing cities and urban economies; urban regeneration; representing cities; urban politics & conflict; experiencing cities

Global Populations 1 and Global Populations 2
Demographic change & modelling; global economies; development geographies; migration & transnational geographies; environmental change & population change; a glocal world?

Justice & Difference 1 and Justice & Difference 2
Identity & difference; belonging & exclusion; multiculturalism & cosmopolitanism; states and national identities; social, spatial & environmental justice; scales of justice & difference.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning151.0015.00
Lecture151.0015.00
Practical102.0020.00
Seminar151.0015.00
Tutorial61.006.00
Independent online learning hours15.00
Private study hours114.00
Total Contact hours71.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students will be given directed independent study, both individual and group work, supported by regular tutorials. Tasks will be specific and also supported by VLE materials.

The aim of this is to inculcate a culture of independent working while supporting students while they are learning to learn. Online learning will include some specific online tasks (such as Leeds for Life tutorials) plus review of course materials.

Private study will mainly be in preparation for assessments, and general review of module materials eg guided reading, preparation for presentations, etc.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Through regular tutorials and formative assessments set on a regular basis and returned promptly to students with detailed feedback.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PracticalReport - 1,000 words equivalent25.00
Essay2,000 words (tutorial)40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)65.00

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


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 30 mins35.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)35.00

SAME paper from GEOG1310 (40 credit version for single honours)

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 21/08/2017

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