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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

GEOG3140 Advanced Population & Health Geographies

20 creditsClass Size: 200

Module manager: Dr Myles Gould

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module will allow students to develop advanced analysis skills, appreciation of specific population and health topics and linkages with policy relevant issues and academic debates. Some of these advanced skills will potentially be transferable and applicable in both the public and private sectors; and develop distinctive employability profiles.


Students will develop advanced level knowledge and skills; and on completion of this module, students will have:

- Understood the principles behind key advanced demographic, wellbeing, and epidemiological principles and concepts;
- Developed an appreciation of population and health and data
- Developed an ability to interpret and analyse data on population, health, and wellbeing
- Appreciated conceptual debates in population and health geography, demography, medical sociology and public health literatures on variations in health and wellbeing
- Appreciated the links between demography/population geography, epidemiology/health geography and key social policy debates

Learning outcomes
- The dynamic nature of geographic thought, through the relationships between the population and health geography sub-disciplines; and Demography, Epidemiology and Social Science in a wider context
- Geographies of difference and how they are manifested in populations/society
- Population and health patterns, problems and relationships at different scales, from global to nation, region, household and person.
- Linkages between globalisation, space-time processes, and population change
- The geography of places and how population, societal and health processes constitute places.
- How population health and wellbeing processes contribute to inequalities in different contexts.
- Connections between technology, fertility, work and the household, with implications for labour markets and economic development.
- Implications of population health, wellbeing geographies for the development of policies at different scales.
- Construction and deconstruction of public discourse in population and health issues

Skills outcomes
- Spatial patterns and relationships in human phenomena at a variety of scales
- The geography of places and their constitution by environmental, economic, social and political processes, and the influence of places on these processes
- The geographies of difference and inequality with particular reference to historical development, ethnicity, class, gender and the changing nature of urban and regional economies and policy
- The theory and application of quantitative, visualisation and other spatial techniques across a wide range of geographical contexts
- The contribution of geography to development of environmental political, economic and cultural agendas, policies and practices

- Abstraction and synthesis of information from a variety of sources
- Critical analysis and interpretation of data and text
- Developing reasoned arguments
- Solving problems and making reasoned decisions

- Plan, design, execute and report geographical research both individually and as part of a team
- Employ a variety of technical and laboratory-based methods for the analysis and presentation of spatial and environmental information

- Learn in familiar and unfamiliar situations
- Communicate effectively (in writing, verbally and through graphical presentations)
- Apply numerical and computational skills to geographical information
- Use information technology effectively (including use of spreadsheet, database and word processing programmes; Internet and e-mail)
- Manage time and organise work effectively


Two suites, one on policy and theory, one on applied methods. Indicative syllabus topics are:

Policy and Theory
- Biopolitics
- Migration, mobility and health tourism
- Fertility and family
- Ageing and disability
- Mental health
- Public health and social policy
- Health outcomes

Applied Methods
- Epidemiological research concepts and applications
- The composition versus context debate
- Analysis of Secondary quantitative population and health data
- Policy Analysis & visual methods
- Mixed methods
- Discourse analysis

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Drop-in Session11.001.00
Private study hours159.00
Total Contact hours41.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

General reading associated with weekly lectures 38hrs
Reading for reading seminars 8hrs
Completing Practical work (not assessed – training & learning in skills/techniques to be deployed in projects) 13hrs
Preparation/analysis for undertaking project 1, 50hrs
Preparation/analysis for undertaking project 2, 50hrs

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Feedback during 'reading' seminars
- Feedback during 'surgeries' on on-going project work (Sem 1 & 2)
- Formative feedback on Project 1 progress report ahead of finalising final report in week 14
- Feedback from Project 1: Population analysis
- Formative feedback on project progress report ahead of finalising final report in week 20

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Group ProjectProject 2. Report - normally in pairs - individual contribution 1750 words equivalent. 3500 words.50.00
ProjectProject 1. Individual. 2000 words.50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

2 x project progress reports (formative only) in weeks 10 and 17 will enable feedback on progress of project 1 and 2.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:56:06


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