GV1HGI-Introducing Human Geography

Module Provider: Geography and Environmental Science
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Steve Musson

Email: s.musson@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module aims to increase your understanding of what it is to do geography, think geographically and be a geographer. Starting from first principles, it explores the basic concepts that mark out geography as a distinctive discipline and traces how geographers have come to define themselves. It asks why geography’s history is essential to understanding how we, as geographers, investigate and ask questions of the world. This module supports the more specific subject modules found in the first, second and third year of the degree programme by providing geographical context.

• To introduce students to key geographical modes of inquiry, core concepts and ideas that mark out Geography as a distinctive discipline.
• To facilitate an understanding of these different modes of inquiry, how they are used and applied, and how they emerged.
• To provide practical experience and understanding of the application of geographical thinking to real world examples.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of this module, it is expected that students will be able to demonstrate:
• A basic understanding of key geographical concepts and modes of inquiry and their relevance and application to geography and society
• The origins of geographic thought and the reasons why geography is a distinctive discipline
• The ability to apply a range of concepts and ideas relevant to geography and to their future studies with their degree programme
• An appreciation of the research process and how to approach geographical problems

Additional outcomes:
Students will develop their IT skills by use of relevant web sources.
Students will gain experience of working with a small group of peers in a higher education setting.
Students will enhance their understanding of the ‘research-led’ teaching

Outline content:
This module combines a mixture of sessions on the principles and practices of geography. In the first term, students will engage in a series of lectures and group activities on core concepts such as geographical origins, place, space and scale, flows and networks before addressing themes that cross-cut contemporary human geography. Students will participate in a series off ‘research-led’ seminars on key geographical issues and debates in the second term. Drawing on the research interests of staff, these seminars will introduce students to real-world debates and problem solving. The module will conclude with a student group poster presentation in a conference setting.

Global context:
Human geography is regarded as well-placed to respond to the growing number of present and future challenges facing people and environments in the 21st century. This module emphasises the significance and value of your degree at the University of Reading introducing you to the key concepts and ideas that form a distinctive geographical perspective. This module is supported by seminars from world leading researchers from the University of Reading Human Geography Research Cluster, offering examples from their own experience to enhance your learning.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Students will attend lectures in the Autumn Term, as well as taking part in a self-directed field class and other on-campus practical activities. In the Spring Term, students will attend a series of research seminars given by different members of Human Geography teaching staff. These seminars will be supported by small group tutorials with discussion activities.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 18
Seminars 10
Practicals classes and workshops 10
Fieldwork 2
Guided independent study 80 80
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 50
Report 50

Other information on summative assessment:

Students will complete an essay in Term 1 and a seminar diary in Term 2.

Formative assessment methods:

A range of weekly practical tasks will be set, through which students can evaluate their understanding of key concepts and monitor their progress.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resubmission of coursework in August/September

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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