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Berlin Field Course

Module titleBerlin Field Course
Module codeGEO3148
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Dr Pepe Romanillos ()

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

The Berlin field course offers the opportunity to explore and critically appraise a range of themes in human geography using a residential field setting. Pre-departure sessions focus on the development of knowledge and understanding of key themes and issues through individual and group work. The residential part of the module comprises staff-led activities, student-led group activities and individual reflection. Accordingly, the module will enable students to explore elements of human geography through place-based learning and activities.

Please note that in the event of the field course not running (due to circumstances that compromise the feasibility of the trip), students will still be able to complete the module through the provision of an alternative learning experience

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module aims to develop conceptual and practical understanding of key research themes and practices in human geography. Using Berlin as a place-based context, the module also aims to:

1. Enable students to explore themes in human geography at an advanced level through a place-based setting;
2. Develop students’ understanding of how human geography themes inter-connect through the lens of place;
3. Provide techniques to undertake critically-informed field-based inquiry;
4. Enable students to study collaboratively and to co-produce knowledge;
5. Develop a structured and academically-informed understanding of a specific place.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

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

  • 1. Develop a critical, place-based understanding of selected human geography themes
  • 2. Articulate and evaluate key debates, concepts and approaches for selected human geography themes
  • 3. Design, execute, analyse and report on field-based explorations for selected human geography themes

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

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

  • 4. Apply geographical concepts in different situations
  • 5. Identify a diverse range of approaches to the generation of knowledge and understanding in human geography
  • 6. Apply techniques for interpreting geographical phenomena in place-based settings

ILO: Personal and key skills

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

  • 7. Work effectively in a group setting
  • 8. Communicate complex ideas, concepts and theories
  • 9. Undertake self-directed and independent study
  • 10. Reflect on experiences and draw lessons for personal development

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Term 2, weeks 1-10
A series of lectures and workshop support sessions to develop your understanding of module themes and prepare for your activities in Berlin.
Term 2, week 11:
• Five days of field-based learning in Berlin, featuring a mix of staff-led activities and student-led group activities with minimal staff input.

Learning and teaching

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

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching11Pre-departure lectures and workshops
Scheduled learning and teaching35Participation in activities during residential field trip
Guided independent study 66Pre-departure preparatory reading and summative assessment preparation
Guided independent study 38Completion of assessments


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Group thematic presentation in Term 210 minutes1-2, 4-8, 10Verbal

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Thematic Essay602000 words1-10Written
Fieldwork reflections (set of 4)404 pages of A4 (1 page per reflection)1-2, 4-5, 8-9Written


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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Thematic Essay (2000 words)Thematic Essay (2000 words)1-10Ref/Def period
Fieldwork reflections - 4 pages of A4‘Virtual’ Fieldwork set of reflections – 4 pages of A4 (1 page per reflection)1-2, 4-5, 8-9Ref/Def period

Re-assessment notes

If you are unable to engage with any of the field course module assessments for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will be re-assessed for field work skills via the following assessments, to be submitted for the August deferral period: 

  • A 2000-word Thematic Essay 

  • A ‘Virtual Fieldwork’ set of reflections (4 pages of A4) 

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. 

If you fail the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%), you will be required to submit a 2000-word thematic essay and a set of ‘virtual fieldwork’ reflections. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of referral will count for 100% of the final mark and will be capped at 40%. 


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

• Reading lists appropriate to the field course will be issued at the start of the module on an annual basis.

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

Human geography, field course

Credit value15
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

GEO2329 Geographies of Consumption: Doing Human Geography Research OR GEO2465 Doing Human Geography Research

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