Dr Matt Finn
Lecturer in Human Geography

Teaching

Matt lectures on a wide range of courses from thinking about 'growing up global' to the power and problems of using numbers in geography and in helping students prepare for their dissertations. He seeks to combine enthusiam for his subjects with opportunities for academics and students to shape learning together. He is also invited to facilitate training on Participatory Action Research, mostly recent for the Plymouth University Social Science Doctoral Training College.

Undergraduate modules 17/18:

  • Geographies of Global Change - GEO1106 - ELE page, Course Twitter feed/hastag
    I contribute to the module with the 'Growing up Global' section exploring why as geographers we might look to the lives of children and young people to make sense of globalisation.
  • Study Skills for Human Geographers - GEO1309 - ELE page, Course Twitter feed/hastag
    As a tutor and lead tutor I work with students to develop the key skills they need for university and beyond.
  • Research Methods for Geographers - GEO1315 - ELE page
    With Dr Ewan Woodley I teach the introductory statistics component.
  • Human Geography Fieldtrip - GEO2308D - ELE page
    As part of one of the fieldtrip teaching teams, I work with students to prepare them for the New York fieldtrip and provide guidance in the field.
  • Research Methods for Human Geography - GEO2325 - ELE page, Course Twitter feed/hastag
    Again, with Dr Ewan Woodley, we take students on from introductory statistics to more advanced techniques and through examples seek to show some of the potential and difficulties with these techniques. I also act as an academic tutor on this module.
  • Research Design in Human Geography (Convenor) - GEO2326 - ELE page, Course Twitter feed/hastag
    In this module, which I lead, I help students learn about the practice and principles of designing research and help students to prepare for their dissertations. I also act as an academic tutor on this module.
  • Geographies of Education and Learning (Convenor with Dr Sarah Dyer) - GEO3140
    In this module we explore key concepts that geographers use to understand education and learning at different scales, from the local sites/spaces of learning to the international. We examine different concepts and theories of learning and how these might influence understandings of our own educational experiences and how we communicate geographical knowledge to others.
  • Dissertation advisor - GEO3311/GEO3312
    I work to support students in carrying out their diverse dissertation projects with fortnightly tutorials and individual meetings.

Previous teaching:

  • Research Methods for Geographers - GEO1315 - ELE page
    I contributed to the section of the course that helps students think through the process of research before and following the Bristol fieldtrip.
  • Human Geography Fieldtrip - GEO2308 - ELE page, Course Twitter feed/hastag 1 and 2
    As part of one of the fieldtrip teams to Seville, I worked with students to develop the projects they carry out while on the fieldtrip and provide guidance in the field.

Other roles:

  • Academic Misconduct Officer for Geography
  • Senior Academic Misconduct Officer for the College of Life and Environmental Sciences
  • Geography Ethics Committee member
  • Admissions Tutor for the BA Geography programme at Streatham campus
  • Student Engagement and Peer Mentoring Co-ordinator with Dr Sarah Dyer

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