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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

GEOG1550 Population, Society and Space

20 creditsClass Size: 200

Module manager: David Bell

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Module replaces

This module replaces / reprovides 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.

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module serves as an introduction to the social, cultural and population traditions of the human geography discipline. Geography is all about connections and in this module we link up places and processes with Leeds as a starting site. The module focuses on changing population patterns and trends and the resulting social and cultural issues that arise. It considers issues and themes ofː difference, inequality, discrimination, changing populations, ethnicity, class, gender and politics. This module which will also introduce you to a diverse range of teaching experiences, including lectures, film screenings, group work, fieldwork, workshops and independent learning time.


On completion of this module, students should be able:

- To introduce students to key social, population and cultural geography concepts, approaches, knowledge and skills through focused study of changing populations and places
- To give students experience of social, population and cultural geography fieldwork
- To explore social, population and cultural geography through different learning activities
- To develop key skills in reading, analysis, writing, presentation and critique of a range of academic material
- To encourage students to develop as independent learners through structured activities

Learning outcomes
Students successfully completing the module will have an understanding of:
1. the social, cultural and population traditions of the human geography discipline
2. key concepts and themes: changing population patterns and trends; issues of culture and place; geographies of difference, inequality and discrimination; ethnicity, class, gender and politics.
3. how to collect and analyse primary fieldwork data alongside other materials
4. foundational skills including the ability to access, read and critically reflect upon a range of academic and non-academic sources, interpret these secondary sources, and communicate understanding through their writing.

Skills outcomes
The module is built upon the learning and teaching of explicit 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)
- planning, designing and executing a piece of rigorous research or enquiry, both independently and in groups, including the production of a final report
- taking responsibility for learning and reflection upon that learning
- conducting fieldwork and field data collection
- primary data generation, collection and recording, and the use of secondary data sets (both quantitative and qualitative)
- employing a variety of interpretative methods (for example, participant observation, ethnographic interviews, and auto-ethnography)
- understanding the complex relationships between natural and human aspects of environments and landscapes.
- 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
- a critical understanding of the history of the subject
- knowledge and critical understanding of the diverse manners of representation
- geographical knowledge and understanding
- field skills


- Geographies of inequalities
- Gender and sexuality: questioning norms
- Class stereotypes and inequality
- Race and ethnicity: power and prejudice
- Disability and design
- Population structure and demographic drivers
- Global variations in population and health
- Subnational and local variations in health, wellbeing and inequality
- Birth rates and Fertility
- Segregation

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Film Screenings22.004.00
Group learning51.005.00
Private study hours161.00
Total Contact hours39.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Preparing for and completing seminar/ workshop tasks 40hrs
Module Reading 50hrs
Preparing coursework 71hrs

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Seminars, workshops and associated formative tasks will monitor students’ understanding of the core material introduced in lectures and the assessment tasks; these small-group sessions will also provide opportunities for students to ask questions.
Students will receive summative feedback on all their assessed work.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1500 word (indv essay)50.00
Group Project1500 word equivalent report based on fieldwork50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resits will be an individual project not requiring fieldwork data collection (Module team will provide alternative data).

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/04/2019


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