GV2POP-Population Geography

Module Provider: Geography and Environmental Science
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Hazel McGoff

Email: h.j.mcgoff@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

This module will introduce students to a secondary data analysis approach to understanding the changing nature of social inequality and how these link with social justice, development and the environment. Students will encounter a range of secondary datasets that investigate these processes and, in addition to developing their conceptual appreciation of these issues, they will gain practical skills associated with data analysis and interpretation.


1.    To build on prior knowledge of fundamental geographical concepts like space, place and identity;

2.    To develop students’ understanding of issues around social inequality, social justice and related concepts, drawing on a range of academic literature from human geography and beyond;

3.    To develop students’ appreciation of the role of secondary data in understanding processes of inequality in a global context;

4.    To enable students to use quantitative analytical techniques to interrogate secondary data from a range of sources relating to social inequality and justice.


Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module, students will be able to: 

1.    Apply geographical concepts like space, place and identity to issues of social inequality and justice;

2.    Critically evaluate the significance of concepts including family, migration, gender and minorities to understandings of social inequality;

3.    Source and apply secondary quantitative data to interpret the changing nature of social inequality in a global context;

4.    Illustrate their understanding of the changing nature of social inequality using a range of international examples.


Additional outcomes:

Students will develop transferable skills in the application of secondary data to research questions. This will be invaluable for subsequent dissertation work and is an important employability skill in its own right

Outline content:

Students will be introduced to a range of population-related themes in the lecture programme, including migration, overpopulation and environmental pressure, gender and development, family and fertility. The seminars will reinforce this material through practical activities using secondary data. These seminars will also include training in data analysis and interpretation using quantitative techniques.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Lectures and small practical classes.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Seminars 10
Guided independent study 80
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

Students will be given opportunities to complete small, practical tasks in every lecture and seminar. They can check their understanding of key concepts though these tasks.

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 and/or re-examination

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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