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2023/24 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Economics and Geography (Joint Honours) (For students entering from September 2023 onwards)

Programme code:BAECON&GEOGRUCAS code:LL17
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Nick Hood Contact address:N.A.Hood@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Geography

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Programme specification:

The information on this page is accurate for students entering the programme from September 2023. For students who entered the programme before September 2023, you can find the details of your programme: BA Economics and Geography (Joint Honours)


BA Economics and Geography (Joint Honours) at Leeds seeks to provide students with the knowledge and skills to understand and provide sustainable solutions to global issues in business, the environment and society.

BA Economics and Geography is a broad-based, flexible programme that addresses key global challenges. Each year of the programme is designed around a combination of compulsory core modules, and a selection of optional economic and human geography modules, as well as opportunities to take optional discovery modules across the University (e.g. Transport Studies and Health Economics). Through this wide choice of modules, students can tailor their degree to specialise in what they want to learn, whilst at the same time experience key content and skills development in both their Economics and Geography joint honours subjects.

As well as specialist subject knowledge in both joint honours subjects, BA Economics and Geography has a very strong focus on the development of transferable and analytical skills, with the aim of producing graduates that can identify and solve problems using state of the art tools and techniques. BA Economics and Geography helps students develop skills in presenting ideas in reports and orally, in data collection, presentation and analysis, in the use of specialist mapping and statistical software, economic analysis, and project-management in both team and individual settings (depending upon options taken from different baskets).

Structure and content

Students will study 360 credits of modules over their degree, split evenly between Levels 1, 2 and 3.

Level 1 develops a grounding in the foundational concepts and themes in economics and human geography, plus key skills in academic writing, digital learning and data analysis. Core modules worth 70 credits provide foundations in economic theory and applications, mathematics and statistical for economics (known as 1B), lessons of economic history, and urban geography. Students are required to take at least one more optional geography module that consider: geographies of a changing world, population and social issues, planetary environmental crisis and digital geographical skills. Candidates who have only completed only GCSE Maths (or equivalent) are required to take a further 10-credit foundational pre-requisite module in Mathematics and Statistics for Economics (1A). Students have an additional 20-30 credits of modules to select from either human geography or economics; or up to 20 credits of broadening discovery modules can be taken from across the University.

Level 2 provides 40 credits of core learning and training in: research approaches in Human Geography, intermediate microeconomics, and also intermediate macroeconomics. Students supplement this by taking at least further 20 credits of economics and 20 credits of optional geography modules. Optional modules in geography cover geo-politics and international development, service planning for changing populations, economic geography, the development of modern cities, citizenship and identity, sustainability, GIS and employability/careers skills. Optional modules in economics cover a broad range of economic issues including: business, labour, international economics, plus ethics; skills: research, mathematical, policy and statistics/econometrics; economic specialisms drawn from other parts of the University (i.e. transport and health economics); and there is also a new optional synthesising model that consider the evolution of economic ideas. An additional 20 credits of broadening discovery modules can be taken from across the University.

There is opportunity for work-based learning include an optional Year in Industry between Levels 2 and 3, during which students can gain full-time work experience in a paid industrial placement in the private or public sectors. Alternatively, students can spend a year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions around the world. Both of these options extend the degree by 12 months.

At Level 3 students undertake a significant and independent core final year project in either of their joint-honours subjects– either an Economics Joint Honours Final Year Project (30 credits) or a Human Geography Dissertation (40 credits Candidates will normally study at least 40 credits of optional Economics modules, with the exception of those who undertake an Economics Final Year Project who will normally study at least 30 credits of optional modules. Candidates will normally study at least 40 credits of optional Geography modules, with the exception of those who undertake a 40 credit Human Geography Dissertation who will normally study at least 20 credits. Optional geography modules cover subjects such as: urban social movements, creating alternative futures, population and health geographies, retail location planning, global insecurities, the Mediterranean migration crisis, transport analysis, and sustainability. Students are also able to choose from a geography module basket a research, work-based or teacher placement module (working with an external organisation).



Optional economics modules cover a broad range of topics and issues including: developmental, environmental, behavioural, and international economics, political economy of work, transnational corporations, famines, unions, modern theories of money and monetary policy, public enterprise and regulation, and economics of business and corporate strategy; and advanced skills: macroeconomics, microeconomics, applied econometrics, and economic evaluation of health. At Level-3 Students are also able to take 20 credits of broadening discovery modules taken from across the University.

Geographical fieldwork is an important feature throughout the degree programme and puts theory into practice by allowing students to experience real world learning. Geographical fieldwork is designed to encourage students to develop their own research, plan and manage projects, and to develop teamwork skills. Fieldtrips include both residential and day trips; and travel to destinations across the UK and Europe. Much of the Level 2 and 3 fieldtrip provision is associated with optional modules.

All students are assigned a personal academic tutor in the School of Geography to guide them through each year of their studies, as well as support from fellow students through our peer mentoring scheme. Students also benefit from support to develop their academic skills, within the curriculum and through online resources, workshops, one-to-one appointments and drop-in sessions.

Assessment

Students are assessed using a range of methods throughout their programme. There will be timed examinations, MCQs, essay and report writing, presentations, practical exercises, posters, blogs, vlogs, podcasts, research-based projects (e.g. dissertation) and reflective logs (depending upon options taken from different baskets).

All assessments are closely tied to the learning objectives of the course to ensure students graduate equipped with cutting-edge knowledge and skills, as well as being structured to help develop the key transferable qualities that employers are looking for within the workplace.

Assessments are reviewed annually to ensure they remain fair and inclusive, and to maintain an element of flexibility within module choices such that students can select a package of learning to best reflect individual learning styles and long-term career goals.


Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

At level 1, students are required to pass a minimum of 50 credits in Economics and 40 credits in Geography. The further 30 credits should be used to take further modules in one or both main subjects; and/or up to 20 credits in discovery modules.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

GEOG1450The Urban Age20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
LUBS1285Mathematics and Statistics for Economics and Business 1B10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LUBS1295Economics and Global History10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LUBS1951Economic Theory and Applications30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

Basket 1: Candidates must take this module if they have completed only GCSE Maths (or equivalent):

LUBS1275Mathematics and Statistics for Economics and Business 1A10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Basket 2: Candidates must choose at least ONE , but may choose TWO of the following optional human or physicalgeography modules:

GEOG1000Planet Under Threat20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
GEOG1400Digital Geographies20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
GEOG1500Global Geopolitics, Migration and Uneven Development20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
GEOG1550Population, Society and Space20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Basket 3: Depending on choices from Basket 1-2, candidates may choose the following optional economics module

LUBS1291Economic Perspectives and Controversies20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Discovery modules:

All candidates can take between 0 and 20 credits of Discovery options. This can include additional modules taken from Baskets 2 or 3.


Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Over Levels 2 and 3 combined students must pass:

- a minimum of 80 credits of Economics (of which at least 40 credits must be at Level 2)

- a minimum of 80 credits of Geography (of which at least 40 credits must be at Level 2)

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

GEOG2000Research Approaches in Human Geography20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
LUBS2140Intermediate Microeconomics10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LUBS2610Intermediate Macroeconomics10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Optional modules:

Candidates must choose at least 20 credits, but not more than 60 credits from Baskets 1-3

Basket 1 (Geography): Candidates may choose NONE, ONE, TWO or THREE of the following optional human geography or integrated geography modules:

GEOG2035Geographies of Economies20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
GEOG2055Citizenship and Identity: Comparative Perspectives20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
GEOG2062Sustainability: Living Within Limits20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

GEOG2062 and GEOG2661 are mutually exclusive (students can take one or the other, but not both)

Basket 2 (Geography): Depending on choices from Basket 1, candidates may choose NONE, ONE, TWO or THREE of the following optional human geography modules:

GEOG2020Political and Development Geographies20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
GEOG2046The Making of the Modern City20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
GEOG2100Planning Services for Changing Populations20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
GEOG2155Towards a Zero Carbon Future20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

GEOG2020 and GEOG2140 are mutually exclusive (students can take one or the other, but not both)

Basket 3 (Geography): Depending on choices from Baskets 1 -2, candidates may choose NONE, ONE, TWO, THREE or FOUR of the following optional human geography or integrated geography modules:

GEOG2015Career Skills in Geography10 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
GEOG2140Political and Development Geographies: The shaping of the world10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
GEOG2150Social and Spatial Data Analysis with GIS10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
GEOG2661Social Ecological Systems10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Students wishing to take GEOG2150 will need to have taken GEOG1400 at Level 1.
Students wishing to take GEOG2100 will have either GEOG1400 or GEOG2150 as prerequisites.

Candidates must choose at least 20 credits, but not more than 60 credits from Baskets 4-6



Basket 4 (Economics): Candidates may choose between NONE and SIX of the following optional economics modules:

LUBS2230Mathematics for Business and Economics 210 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LUBS2281Macroeconomic Policy and Performance10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LUBS2401International Economics10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LUBS2402The Evolution of Economic Ideas10 creditsNot running until 202425
LUBS2430Economics Research Methods10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LUBS2590Labour Economics10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LUBS2675How to be a Successful Policy Economist10 creditsNot running in 202324
LUBS2680Ethics and Economics10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Basket 5 (Economics): Depending on choices from Basket 4, candidates can choose NONE or ONE of the following optional economics modules:

LUBS2575Statistics and Econometrics20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Basket 6 (Economics): Depending on choices from Basket 4 -5, candidates may choose between ZERO and FOUR of the following optional transport studies or health economics modules:

HECN2010Introduction to Health Economics10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
TRAN2010Transport Economics10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
TRAN2030Project Appraisal10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Discovery modules:

Candidates can take between 0 and 20 credits of Discovery options depending on what they chosen from Baskets 1-6.


Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Over Levels 2 and 3 combined students must pass:

- a minimum of 80 credits of Economics (of which at least 40 credits must be at Level 3)

- a minimum of 80 credits of Geography (of which at least 40 credits must be at Level 3)

Candidates will normally study at least 40 credits of optional Geography modules from the baskets below, with the exception of those who undertake a Human Geography Dissertation who will normally study at least 20 credits. Candidates will normally study at least 40 credits of optional Economics modules from the baskets below, with the exception of those who undertake an Economics Joint Honours Final Year Project who will normally study at least 30 credits.

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study ONE of the following compulsory modules:

GEOG3615Human Geography Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
LUBS3302Economics Joint Honours Final Year Project30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Basket 1 (Geography options): Depending on choice of dissertation module, candidates may choose a maximum of FOUR of the following optional human geography or physical geography modules:

GEOG3005Retail Location Planning20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
GEOG3085Contested Cities20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
GEOG3121Creating Alternative Futures20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
GEOG3140Advanced Population & Health Geographies20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
GEOG3195Geocomputation and Spatial Analysis20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
GEOG3290Geographies of Global Insecurities20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
GEOG3440Environment, Conflict and Policy20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
GEOG3981Spaces of Migration and Encounter20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

GEOG3290 and GEOG3291 are mutually exclusive (students can take one or the other, but not both)

GEOG3981 and GEOG3982 are mutually exclusive (students can take one or the other, but not both)

Basket 2 (Geography options): Depending on choices from Baskets 1, candidates may choose up to FOUR modules from the following optional transport studies or geography modules:

GEOG3291Geographies of Global Insecurities: New Dynamics10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
GEOG3982Spaces of Migration and Encounter: Concepts and Contemporary Experiences10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
TRAN3061Travel Activity Analysis10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
TRAN3062Social Analysis and Social Psychology for Transport10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

GEOG3290 and GEOG3291 are mutually exclusive (students can take one or the other, but not both)

GEOG3981 and GEOG3982 are mutually exclusive (students can take one or the other, but not both)

Basket 3: (Geography options): Depending on choices from Baskets 1-2, candidates may choose ONE of the following optional placement modules:

GEOG3535School and Educational Placements20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
GEOG3665Professional Work Placement20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
GEOG3675Geographical Research Opportunities20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Basket 4 (Geography Fieldwork): Depending on choices from Baskets 1-3, candidates may choose ONE of the following optional field class modules. However, there is a pre-enrolment process for modules in this basket and therefore students cannot directly enrol on the module. They must complete an expression of interest survey and will be offered a place on one of the fieldtrip modules.

GEOG3050Helsinki : Urban Growth and Sustainability20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
GEOG3135Urban Transformations Field Class20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
GEOG3145Exploring the Mediterranean Migration Crisis20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Basket 5 (Economics): Depending on choice of dissertation module, candidates may choose between TWO and EIGHT of the following optional economics and health economics modules:

HECN3010Introduction to the Economic Evaluation of Health10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LUBS3005Advanced Microeconomics10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LUBS3365Environmental Economics10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LUBS3370Applied Econometrics10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LUBS3375Behavioural Economics10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LUBS3505Advanced Macroeconomics10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LUBS3925The Political Economy of Work10 creditsNot running in 202324

Basket 6 (Economics): Depending on choices in Basket 5, candidates may choose NONE, or ONE of the following optional economics modules:

LUBS3330Economic Development20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
LUBS3590International Economics: Integration and Governance20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Discovery modules:

Candidates can take between 0 and 20 credits of Discovery options depending on what they have chosen from Baskets 1-6

Last updated: 22/08/2023 15:06:04

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