Learning through Place: Doing Human Geography

Module titleLearning through Place: Doing Human Geography
Module codeGEO1313
Academic year2019/0
Credits15
Module staff

Dr Sam Kinsley (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

12

Number students taking module (anticipated)

140

Description - summary of the module content

Module description

Place is an idea central to geography as a way of understanding the world. This compulsory module is an introduction to how we ‘do’ geography by exploring how understandings of place are generated and the kinds of geographical questions we can ask about place. The module guides you through this introduction to place with a particular focus on the topic of ‘work’. Through classroom and field-based learning (both directed and independent) you will explore the ways in which human geographers ask and answer questions about place/s in relation to work. The topic of work is explored through themes such as: factory work, the post-industrial city and the international slave trade. The topic and its themes provide a focus and particular examples through which to explore how we ‘do’ geography to understand place(s). The module guides you through a range of practical and theoretical approaches to doing geography, exploring the ways the questions we ask may require a number of different desk- and field-based approaches to answering them. As part of this exploration, the module introduces you to the interpretation and presentation of different kinds of qualitative and quantitative data. The approaches to places introduced in the module are explored through classroom-based workshops and a residential field course, giving you practical experience of undertaking geographical investigation of a particular place.

This is a compulsory and non-condonable module for the BA Geography programmes. It is not available to students on Flexible Combined Honours programmes.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The module aims to provide you with an understanding of the approaches human geographers take to research particular places and kinds of places. This is undertaken with a particular focus on ideas about work. The module provides you with a broad introduction to, and practical experience of, the ways in which geographers ask and answer questions about place(s). These are explored through themes taken from geographical approaches to work. The module contributes directly to academic skills development for the second and final stages of the degree programme, alongside establishing key employability attributes for geographers.

Through attending the weekly seminars and completing the assessments, you will develop the following academic and professional skills: problem solving (developing own ideas with confidence, identifying and using appropriate sources of information, selectively collecting and collating appropriate information), managing structure (identifying key demands of the task, setting clearly defined goals, conceptualising central issues within the task, developing strategies to ensure individual and group progress), time management (managing time effectively individually and within a group), collaboration (respecting the views and values of others, taking initiative and leading others, supporting others in their work, maintaining group cohesiveness and purpose), and audience awareness (presenting ideas effectively in multiple formats, persuading others of the importance and relevance of your views, responding positively and effectively to questions).

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Comprehend various approaches to producing and interpreting theories about place
  • 2. Understand a number of ways work is studied and theorised geographically
  • 3. Interpret and understand a range of types of data and how they are produced
  • 4. Engage with some of the various ways field-based study is used in the creation of geographical knowledge
  • 5. Discern a number of geographical approaches to asking and answering questions

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 6. Apply different geographical approaches of inference and interpretation
  • 7. Use a range of academic skills such as analysis, argument and data collection in project work
  • 8. Communicate findings, ideas and theories effectively using oral, written and visual means

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 9. Communicate effectively and fluently orally in writing and through audiovisual means
  • 10. Develop independent/self-directed study/learning skills, including time management
  • 11. Use ICTs effectively and appropriately to select, analyse and present information
  • 12. Reflect on the process of learning and evaluate personal strengths and weaknesses

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

This module is taught through workshops and a residential field course with introductory and summary lectures in the first and last weeks.

  • Introductory lecture
  • Phase 1: workshops and independent work and a small independent practical exercise in Exeter
  • Phase 2: residential field course
  • Phase 3: workshops and independent work – towards the assessments
  • Concluding lecture

Indicative themes:

  • Contemporary/alternative workspaces
  • Factories and industrial work
  • The post-industrial city
  • The international slave trade

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
311190

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching2Lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching20Residential field trip
Scheduled learning and teaching9Workshops
Guided independent study28Completion of field class assessment
Guided independent study12Completion of groupwork exercises
Guided independent study71Additional reading, research and preparation for the module assessments

Assessment

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Field class oral feedback in group work5 minutesAllOral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
10000

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Group field class assessment502000 words1-11Written
Essay/report501500 words1-5, 8-10, 12Written

Re-assessment

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Group field class assessmentAn individual recorded presentation based upon your understanding of a specific component of the workshop activitiesAllAugust Ref/Def
Essay/reportEssay/reportAllAugust Ref/Def

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to re-submit the relevant assessment as defined above. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Resources

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Castree, N. (Ed.) 2004. Spaces of work: Global capitalism and geographies of labour. Sage, London.
  • Castree, N., Rogers, A. and Sherman, D. (eds) 2005 Questioning Geography. Blackwell, Oxford.
  • Cloke, P., Cook, I, Crang, P., Goodwin, M., Painter, J., Philo, C. 2004.¬†Practicing Human Geography. SAGE, London.
  • Gregory, D., Johnston, R., Pratt, G., Watts, M., Whatmore, S. (Eds). 2009.¬†The Dictionary of Human Geography, 5th¬†Edition. Wiley-Blackwell, London.
  • Massey, D. 1991, "A global sense of place" Marxism Today 38: pp. 24-29.
  • Philips, R. and Johns, J. 2012 Fieldwork for Human Geography, Sage, London.

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

Geography, field work, place, research, space

Credit value15
Module ECTS

7.5

Module pre-requisites

None

Module co-requisites

GEO1316 Concepts in Geography and either GEO1309 Study Skills for Human Geographers or LIB1105 Being Human in the Modern World

NQF level (module)

4

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

06/03/2019

Last revision date

14/06/2019