BA Geography and History
(Award available for year: Certificate of Higher Educ)
On completion of the Joint Honours Degree programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:- understand and demonstrate coherent and detailed subject knowledge and professional competencies some of which will be informed by recent research/scholarship in the discipline;- deploy accurately standard techniques of analysis and enquiry within the discipline;- demonstrate a conceptual understanding which enables the development and sustaining of an argument;- describe and comment on particular aspects of recent research and/or scholarship;- appreciate the uncertainty, ambiguity and limitations of knowledge in the disciplines;- make appropriate use of scholarly reviews and primary sources;- apply their knowledge and understanding by initiating and carrying out an extended piece of work or project;- conform to professional boundaries and norms where applicable.On completion of the programme students should have provided evidence of having:- an understanding of human social, economic, political and cultural systems from a spatial perspective;- an understanding of geography's intellectual development;- an appreciation of the practical contributions made by geographers to debates and policy on societal and environmental issues, and an understanding of their potential for continuing such contributions;- the skills necessary to engage with ideas in the social sciences and humanities; - skills in teamwork, investigation, presentation and communication.On completion of the year/programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:1. Demonstrate familiarity with /awareness of:- how people have existed, acted and thought in a range of societies and cultures (hbp #12.1 and 17); - techniques for close work on sources, both primary and secondary, acquired through dedicated skills and documentary modules (hbp #18).2. Use basic generic and subject specific intellectual approaches, including- Critical and empathetic reading and use of texts or other source materials (hbp 12.2).- Appreciation of the complexity and diversity of past cultures (hbp 12.3).- Appreciation of the problematic nature of historical interpretation and evidence (hbp 12.4).- Critical evaluation of historical evidence (hbp 12.5).- Intellectual independence (hbp 12.6).- Marshalling and communicating of argument, both oral and written (hbp 12.7). 3. Demonstrate an ability to evaluate the appropriateness some of the different approaches to history (eg. social history, economic history, political history, cultural history, landscape history etc.) (hbp # 20).4. Reflect upon their strengths and weaknesses as learners in the disciplinary context through individual and group work.5. Demonstrate a basic awareness of the nature of history as an academic discipline and the problematic nature of historical knowledge. (hbp #19)
Transferable (key) skills
The programme provides opportunities for students to practise and develop:- the transferable/key/generic skills necessary for employment related to the area(s) studied;- the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility;- analytical and critical thinking;- the deployment of decision making skills in complex and unpredictable situations;- the communication of information, ideas, problems and solutions in a variety of ways to a variety of audiences;- the ability to undertake further training of a professional or equivalent nature where appropriate.Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:- qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment related to geography;- skills necessary for the exercising of personal responsibility.Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:1. Qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment, such as independence of mind, initiative, teamwork, locating and handling information, analytical ability, problem-solving, oral and written communication, intellectual integrity, empathy (hbp #14).2. Skills necessary for exercising of personal responsibility, including self-discipline and self-direction, peer and self-appraisal (hbp #14).
The achievement of the programme outcomes will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will include:- demonstrating the ability to apply a broad range of aspects of the disciplines;- work that draws on a wide variety of material associated with the disciplines;- the ability to evaluate and criticise received opinion;- evidence of an ability to conduct independent, in depth enquiry within the disciplines;- work that is both evaluative and creative.Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will include:- demonstrating the knowledge and application of standard concepts, information and techniques relevant to the discipline;- work that covers a restricted area of the discipline;- demonstrating emerging abilities, skills and competencies.Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year / programme and will require students to:1. Demonstrate the knowledge and application of standard historical concepts, information and techniques through:- Bibliographic searching and presentation skills- Book / article reviews- Essay writing- Formative assessment of oral presentations- Examinations