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GEOG1500 Global Geopolitics, Migration and Uneven Development

20 creditsClass Size: 200

Module manager: Dr Martin Purvis

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Module replaces

This module replaces /re-provides content from both Local to Global (GEOG1021/1031) and People, Place and Politics (Geog1310/1315/1320) and related codes). Both of these modules are being discontinued and replaced.

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module explores the geography of places and their constitution by environmental, economic, social and political processes, and in turn the influence of places on these processes. Particular attention is paid to the recent history of global geopolitics, states and non-state actors, nationalism, globalisation, migration, uneven development, gender, human rights, and decolonial politics. It is an intensive module which also acts as an introduction to university academic study with a programme of induction events.


On completion of this module, students should be able:

- to introduce students to key human geography concepts, approaches, knowledge and skills through focused study of global geo-politics, development and human mobilities
- to explore political and development geography through different learning activities and in different global contexts
- to develop key skills in reading, analysis, writing, presentation and critique of a range of academic material, individually and in groups
- to encourage students to develop as independent learners through structured activities

Learning outcomes
Students successfully completing the module will have an enhanced understanding of:
1) contemporary debates about geopolitics, globalization, global interconnections and mobilities;
2) geographies of difference and inequality at global, global regional and national scales;
3) the value and distinctiveness of geographical perspectives upon political, social and economic issues and processes;
4) foundational study skills including the ability to access, read and critically reflect upon a range of sometimes contrasting academic and non-academic sources; to interpret and synthesise different types of geographical data; to develop reasoned arguments; to communicate logically, clearly and concisely both orally and in writing

Skills outcomes
The module is built upon the learning and teaching of core QAA geographical skills:

- abstraction and synthesis of information
- developing a reasoned argument
- assessing the merits of contrasting theories and explanations
- critically evaluating, interpreting and combining different types of geographical evidence (for example texts, imagery, archival data, maps, digitised and laboratory data)
- taking responsibility for learning and reflection upon that learning
- the concept of spatial variation
- an appreciation of temporal change
- a critical awareness of the significance of spatial and temporal scale
- distinctiveness of place
- knowledge of the main dimensions and scales of economic, social, political and environmental inequality and difference
- knowledge and critical understanding of the diverse manners of representation
- geographical knowledge and understanding


The module’s syllabus will be drawn from the following indicative themes and topics:

- Global perspectives and interconnections
- Geopolitics: from the cold war to a new world order?
- Global culture wars
- New spaces of threat: terror and the city
- Why states matter
- Nations, nationalism and statehood
- Beyond the state: supra-national institutions and the world geopolitical order
- Disputing state authority
- Population movements
- Human mobility and financial Flows
- Unequal mobilities: tourism, migration and displacement
- Migration and development from above and below
- Soft power and migration management
- Developmental work and international relations
- Migration, gender and poverty
- Borders and migration
- New geopolitical statecrafts
- Decolonising development: resistance and alternatives

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Induction Session91.009.00
Private study hours153.00
Total Contact hours47.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Private Study and Independent Learning
Students will use their private study time to reinforce their own learning by devoting:
• c. 40 hours to additional reading to enhance their understanding of themes introduced in lectures;
• c. 37 hours to reading and other preparation for seminars and tutorials;
• c. 30 hours to bibliographical research, reading, critical reflection and writing linked to completion of assessed tutorial
• c. 40 hours to reading and revision in preparation for the end-of-module examination.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Tutorials will monitor students’ general progress and development of core skills and knowledge through the planned tutorial topics and assignments, as well as their personal welfare through Leeds for Life;
Tutors will provide feedback on the draft essay at mid-term and the essay at the end of term.
Weekly seminars and associated formative tasks will monitor students’ understanding of the core material introduced in lectures; these small-group sessions will also provide opportunities for students to ask questions and receive formative feedback in return.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1000-word essay25.00
EssayDraft essay - 800 words formative only0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)25.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 30 mins75.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)75.00

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: 23/09/2019


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