BA Geography and History
(Award available for year: Diploma of Higher Education)
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 the use of geographical information systems, and/or the application of qualitative and quantitative analysis to geographical study;- skills in teamwork, investigation, presentation and communication.On completion of the year/programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:1. Demonstrate, especially through work on option modules, a broad understanding of:- chronological continuity and change (hbp #16); - 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/or secondary (hbp #18).2. Apply generic and subject specific intellectual qualities, such as those listed below, to a further range of historical periods and problems:- 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. Appreciate, employ and critically evaluate some of the main approaches to history (hbp #20).4. Use a range of techniques and approaches to analyse data and information.5. Understand and reflect upon the nature of history and the limitations of historical evidence. (hbp #19).6. Effectively communicate information, arguments and analysis in a variety of forms.
Transferable (key) skills
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 human geography;- skills necessary for the exercising of personal responsibility;- decision making.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 (hbp #14).3. Decision-making.
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 ability to apply a broad range of aspects/competencies of human geography to complex, albeit standard, situations and simple, albeit novel or atypical, instances;- work that is often descriptive in nature but drawing on a wide variety of material;- demonstrating basic professional competencies relevant to human geography;- the ability to evaluate and criticise received opinion.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:- Oral assessment (or small written exercise)- Essay writing- Participation in electronic discussion groups- ExaminationsTo demonstrate:- Ability to apply a broad range of aspects / competencies of the discipline to standard historical problems.- Ability to produce work that draws on a wide variety of material.- Ability to evaluate and criticise received historical opinion.