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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

GEOG1550 Population, Society and Space

20 creditsClass Size: 200

Module manager: David Bell

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Geography is all about connections and in this module we link up places, populations and processes with Leeds as a starting site. The module focuses on changing population patterns and trends, issues of culture, landscape, place, geographies of difference, inequality, discrimination, changing populations, ethnicity, class, gender and politics. Moreover, landscape is used a key unifying concept for fieldwork observations. This module will also introduce you to the social, cultural and population traditions of the human geography discipline as well as group-based fieldwork.


- To introduce students to key human geography concepts, approaches, knowledge and skills through focused study of changing populations and places
- To give students experience of human 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 landscape/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)

- 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

- geographical knowledge and understanding

- field skills


The module syllabus is drawn from the following themes and topics:

- Geographies of inequalities

- Gender and sexuality: questioning norms

- Class stereotypes and inequality

- Race and ethnicity: power and prejudice

- Disability and design

- Changing population structure and drivers

- Global variations in population and health

- Subnational and local variations in health and inequality

- Migration and residential movement

- A city and its welcome

- A tale of two communities

- Experiencing multiculture

- Everyday multiculture

- Brexit, race and migration

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours171.00
Total Contact hours29.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Preparing for and completing seminar/ workshop tasks 40hrs
Module Reading 50hrs
Preparing coursework 72hrs

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

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 and receive formative feedback in return.

Students will receive formative feedback from their assessed essay and project report.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1000 word (indv essay)50.00
Group Project2000 words per group50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The group project resit will be an individual project of 1500 words.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:56:05


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