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Geospatial ScienceGEG5223Semester 25

Geospatial Science

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Dr Alexander Henshaw
Overlap: In taking this module you cannot take GEG5144
Prerequisite: Before taking this module you are advised to take GEG4004

This module aims to develop an understanding of the theory and methods involved in the creation, storage, analysis and presentation of geospatial data. Using industry standard software, the module will provide the knowledge and skills to tackle advanced problem solving using Geographic Information Systems. This knowledge is fundamental not only to research in Physical Geography, Environmental Science and many other disciplines, but provides a critical skill set used widely within a range of industries (including environmental management, local and national government, the utilities and the insurance sector).

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 5
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Ecosystem ScienceGEG5224Semester 25

Ecosystem Science

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Prof Kate Heppell
Overlap:
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This module explores the fundamental environmental units: ecosystems. We use biological and physical science perspectives to examine the geographical distribution of ecosystems and to understand the principles and processes governing their structure and function. We study the exchange of materials and energy between biotic and abiotic ecosystem components, focusing on water and carbon cycles. We apply biogeoscience perspectives when interpreting how ecosystems change in response to internal system processes, environmental change, natural disturbance events and human activities.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 5
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GeomorphologyGEG5225Semester 15

Geomorphology

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Dr Gemma Harvey
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Prerequisite: Before taking this module you are advised to take GEG4209

This module introduces key concepts in geomorphology, exploring fundamental processes driving the development of landforms on Earth and other planetary surfaces. It considers geomorphological systems and processes ranging from the uplift of mountains and gravity-driven mass movement to sediment transport processes in river channels. The module will include discussion of key drivers (e.g. energy, weathering processes) as well as fundamental concepts such as equilibrium, thresholds, complexity, equifinality, feedbacks and magnitude-frequency relationships, through integrated lectures and practical modelling work.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 5
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The Anthropocene: Between the Natural & Social SciencesGEG5227Semester 15

The Anthropocene: Between the Natural & Social Sciences

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Dr Rory Rowan
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The Anthropocene offers a controversial new framework examining the connections between people and environment. This module evaluates how we define the Anthropocene, its importance to the Earth System and how it will impact humans. This module challenges you to consider your specific role as a citizen of the Anthropocene. To succeed in this module you will need to have a good grounding in both science and social science disciplines.

Assessment: 80.0% Coursework, 20.0% Practical
Level: 5
Timetable:

An Independent Geographical StudyGEG6000Full year6

An Independent Geographical Study

Credits: 30.0
Contact: Prof Simon Lewis
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As part of the assessment of GEG5103, GEG5301 or GEG5211 students will be required to submit a proposal for an IGS topic. Once this has been agreed, students complete the research and writing involved as directed by their supervisor and outlined in the IGS Handbook.

Assessment: 100.0% Dissertation
Level: 6
Timetable:

Progress in Physical Geography and Environmental ScienceGEG6221Semester 26

Progress in Physical Geography and Environmental Science

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Prof Kate Spencer
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Students will work independently to identify, research and review a wide range of contemporary, primary literature in a chosen area of Environmental Science or Physical Geography. Through a series of small group seminars students will be given the opportunity to discuss and present their findings to both their peers and a member of academic staff. Through these seminars they will also receive feedback on their work.

Broad research themes will be identified at the beginning of the semester (during module registration and advising) to reflect the research interests and expertise of staff available to lead seminars. Students will select a theme within which they can choose their own research topic and will be allocated to a seminar group. The seminars are either staff or student led. In order to benefit from these seminars students must prepare for them in advance and be prepared to critically discuss their peers' work.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 6
Timetable:

Terrestrial Vegetation ModellingGEG6223Semester 16

Terrestrial Vegetation Modelling

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Dr Emily Lines
Overlap:
Prerequisite: Before taking this module you must take GEG5223

The terrestrial biosphere acts as a sink for carbon in the atmosphere and is thought to be currently absorbing around one quarter of anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions. Models of terrestrial vegetation functioning can be used to estimate how much carbon is currently being absorbed, and how this might change with climate change. Such models are constructed using many sub-processes which control their behaviour and sensitivities. Model predictions can be compared with multiple independent data sources to assess their performance. In this module you will learn how vegetation models work and how they can be used to make predictions under climate change scenarios. You will learn strong analytical, computational and statistical skills, as well as techniques for visualisation.

Assessment: 80.0% Coursework, 20.0% Practical
Level: 6
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Boston Reworked: The Making of a North American CityGEG6125Semester 26

Boston Reworked: The Making of a North American City

Credits: 30.0
Contact: Prof Alastair Owens
Overlap:
Prerequisite:

Boston is a city that has undergone a series of dramatic transformations over the past three centuries. From being a key site of the American Revolution's rejection of British colonial rule, to the mass migration of Irish, Black American and other groups to the city in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, through to more recent processes of economic decline and reinvention as a hub of biotechnology, it is a city that has been at the forefront of American political, economic and social change. This module focuses on the changing historical geographies of Boston from the colonial period to the present day examining key processes which have shaped the city. Teaching and learning begins in the classroom through a series of lectures and workshops examining aspects of the city's historical geography and the sources used to study them, and planning group-based project work. It culminates in a week-long field course in Boston at the end of the semester. Work in Boston involves visiting museums, walking heritage trails, exploring localities and neighborhoods and meeting with researchers, experts and heritage practitioners in order to complete group projects.Compulsory UK based fieldwork in the School of Geography is undertaken at no extra cost. Optional overseas fieldwork in the second and third year ranges from £400 to £1,200 approximately, some with additional flight costs. These figures are based on costs in the year 2016/17 but the overall cost will fluctuate each year. Destinations can vary year-on-year, are subject to availability and are dependent on the module combinations chosen. Overseas field trip modules run in alternate years. Places on some field trip modules are limited. If field trip modules are oversubscribed, places are allocated by ballot. Students participating in overseas field trips are responsible for securing their own visas, if required.

Assessment: 70.0% Coursework, 30.0% Practical
Level: 6
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Geopolitics post-9/11: War, Security, EconomyGEG6130Semester 26

Geopolitics post-9/11: War, Security, Economy

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Ms Shereen Fernandez
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Subsequent to the introductory lecture, the module is divided into three sections. The first main section provides an historical and political overview of the 'war on terror' in relation to thinking about other types of wars. It considers how the prosecution of the war on terror has come to shape not only military, but also legal and governmental discourse and practice in the post 9/11 era. The second section invites students to consider ideas and practices of security as a central feature of this. It will consider the rise of private military contracting, immigration, humanitarianism, urban geopolitics, and the overlap between health and security concerns. The third section focuses on the political-economic underpinnings of many of these developments and challenges students to think of conflict as an embedded social phenomenon: as much a part of contemporary discourses on the economy as it is something with merely economic implications. The final, concluding lecture will examine alternatives to the dominant framings of modern conflict that have been put forward and critiqued thus far.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 6
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Advanced Geographical Information Systems (GIS)GEG6132Semester 16

Advanced Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Dr Konstantinos Melachroinos
Overlap:
Prerequisite: Before taking this module you must take GEG5102 or take GEG5144

This module explores advanced issues in relation to the principles, techniques and applications of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) within the wider geographical remit (e.g. advanced spatial analysis, location-allocation models, interoperability and exchange of data between different systems, etc.). It complements the GIS training offered in levels 4 and 5 of and provides an opportunity to students to consolidate and expand their knowledge about GIS.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 6
Timetable:

Environmental HazardsGEG6203Semester 16

Environmental Hazards

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Dr Alexander Steele
Overlap:
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Topics will include: specific processes (geophysical, geomorphological, meteorological, and technological) leading to environmental hazards; areas at risk, prediction, probability and risk evaluation; consequences and impacts of hazard events; longer-term consequences (social and economic) of hazards and implications for high-risk areas; hazard mitigation strategies in different parts of the world. The hazards covered may include floods on rivers and coasts, technological / industrial accidents, mining subsidence, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, tornadoes, hurricanes, ENSO events, disease and famine, and extraterrestrial hazards such as meteorite impacts. Differences in hazard preparation and response between MEDCs and LEDCs will be considered.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 6
Timetable:

Project in Environmental ScienceGEG6212Full year6

Project in Environmental Science

Credits: 30.0
Contact: Prof Simon Lewis
Overlap:
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An independent project based upon field, and/or laboratory, and/or numerical modelling work within the field of Environmental Science. NB This module is compulsory for all final-year students registered for an Environmental Science degree (F850) and is not available to students registered for any geography degree. By the end of the second term in your second year you will have to put forward a proposal for your topic, you will be allocated a supervisor based on this proposal. The main research takes place during the summer vacation between your second and third years. Any laboratory analysis should be completed by the end of the first semester in your third year. The work should be preceded by an exploratory study during the Easter vacation of your second year. Data analysis and writing up of the project takes place during the first and second terms of your third year. You are expected to meet regularly with your supervisor to discuss the project. The results of your research are presented in a dissertation of not more than 10,000 words. Not open to associate students.

Assessment: 100.0% Dissertation
Level: 6
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Ideas and Practice in Geography and Environmental ScienceGEG4002Full year4

Ideas and Practice in Geography and Environmental Science

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Dr Stephen Taylor
Overlap:
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This module aids the transition to university by developing basic learning skills including reading and essay-writing as well as field observation and recording, through lectures and small-group tutorial work. In the Green London Project students explore urban environmental management in London, developing their social capital by working in small groups, becoming part of the community of geographers and environmental scientists at QMUL and learning how research, including "citizen science", can impact on organisations that are managing green spaces in London.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 4
Timetable:

Geography in the WorldGEG4003Semester 24

Geography in the World

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Prof Catherine Nash
Overlap:
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This module explores geography as a `worldly¿ subject, both part of and shaped by the wider world, and engaged with key social and environmental issues. We consider the interconnection of society and the environment, addressing key themes such as natural hazards, environmental justice and the climate crisis. Developing a critical geographical perspective on urgent environmental and social issues means considering how geography¿s imperial origins have shaped the subject and are being addressed in on-going efforts to decolonise geography. We consider the use of cartography by powerful groups and maps as tools of resistance and empowerment by marginal groups, including indigenous people, to explore different sorts of geographical knowledges and relationships between knowledge and power. The module thus opens up questions about the politics of knowledge making and considers how racial and other forms of injustice and inequality are being addressed in geography. We apply this critical perspective to address pressing environmental and social issues in the contemporary world, such as: environmental justice and environmental racism; climate change; public space; access to nature; housing injustice; slope stability; political borders and migration; flooding and flood risk; and population growth and control. The module will include a virtual field trip to the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers).

The Module aims to:
¿ Provide students with a critical geographical perspective for addressing key social and environmental issues, including environmental and climate justice.
¿ Provide knowledge and understanding of the key dimensions of contemporary environmental and social issues and how they are being addressed by geographers and within wider society by governments, institutions and activist groups
¿ Encourage an understanding of how critical perspectives on the origins and development of geography inform the discipline¿s focus on issues of racial and other forms of inequality and injustice."

Assessment: 100.0% Examination
Level: 4
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Research Methods for Geographers and Environmental ScientistsGEG4004Full year4

Research Methods for Geographers and Environmental Scientists

Credits: 30.0
Contact: Dr Konstantinos Melachroinos
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This module introduces geography and environmental science students to key quantitative and qualitative research methods and GIS. These include mapping, spatial analysis, interviewing, questionnaire design, survey methods, and descriptive and inferential statistics. Lectures are combined with regular computer lab-based practical sessions in order to understand the theories behind different methods and learn how they can be applied in geographical and environmental research. As part of this practical element, students will receive training in the use of MS Excel, IBM SPSS Statistics and ArcGIS to manipulate and analyse data.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 4
Timetable:

People and the EnvironmentGEG4005Semester 14

People and the Environment

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Dr Emily Lines
Overlap:
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This module provides an introduction to key environmental issues from scientific, economic, social and cultural perspectives. The module encourages an appreciation of the complex and multifactoral nature of environmental problems; students will gain an understanding of the main global environmental systems and how these impact on and are impacted by human activity. They will also gain an appreciation of the range of approaches within geography that can be employed to study the relationship between people and their environment.

Assessment: 100.0% Examination
Level: 4
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Cities and Regions in TransitionGEG4006Semester 24

Cities and Regions in Transition

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Dr Joe Penny
Overlap:
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Cities and Regions in Transition will enable BA Human Geography students to gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of contemporary change in the UK. Key themes to be addressed in seminar discussion include neo-liberalism, the North-South divide, culture-led urban regeneration, urban heritage and identity, migration and urban health. Students will be assessed via (i) a learning log to demonstrate their critical engagement with reading in preparation for the seminars and (ii) an additional essay to be completed after the fieldtrip on GEG4106.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 4
Timetable:

Reinventing BritainGEG4106Semester 14

Reinventing Britain

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Prof Jon May
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This module examines geographical implications of changes across the economic, social, cultural and political landscapes of Britain over the last three decades, focused on a field trip North West England. Key themes include: Britain's long-standing North-South divide; uneven geographies of deindustrialisation; culture, heritage and regeneration; geographies of migration and identity; and health inequalities. The module is delivered through lectures and fieldwork, introducing and make connections between theoretical perspectives including economic, social, cultural, political and urban geographies.

Assessment: 75.0% Coursework, 25.0% Examination
Level: 4
Timetable:

Global WorldsGEG4112Semester 14

Global Worlds

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Dr Samuel Halvorsen
Overlap:
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This module will introduce students to a range of core issues affecting the world around them from economic, cultural and social perspectives with a particular focus on the importance of global-local relations revolving around inequality and justice. It will explore a range of debates surrounding the interrelationships between globalisation and international development from historical and contemporary viewpoints as well as the nature and politics of identities in relation to nationalism, diaspora, landscape and exclusion . Students will also be introduced to the relationships between health, place and care.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 4
Timetable:

Earth Surface ScienceGEG4209Semester 14

Earth Surface Science

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Dr James Bradley
Overlap:
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What makes planet Earth so remarkable? Our planet is shaped by many interacting environmental systems operating from atomic through to global scales. Understanding the science of these systems is central to developing an advanced knowledge of the physical environment. This module explores fundamental Earth surface systems (e.g. tectonics, atmosphere & oceans, landscape development, climate change), focusing on core concepts, processes, their significance within a broader environmental context and their relevance to the human species.

Assessment: 100.0% Examination
Level: 4
Timetable:

Transferable Skills for GeographersGEG4444Full year4

Transferable Skills for Geographers

Credits: 0.0
Contact: Mod Reg Dept Contacts - Dept Of Geography
Overlap:
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The module is designed to support the transition from the school environment to the university, helping students adapt to the challenges and requirements of reading for a degree. It will utilise fieldwork (week 1 of Year 1), workshops and tutorials in order to teach the key transferable skills students require not just during university but also for any future employment.

By focussing on specific graduate attributes, such as learning how to engage critically with knowledge and acquiring new learning in a range of ways, the module will provide students with the key skills they require to be successful in their degree programmes and futures.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 4
Timetable:

Geographical Research in PracticeGEG5103Full year5

Geographical Research in Practice

Credits: 30.0
Contact: Dr William Monteith
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Research is a critical part of what geographers do and this module develops research skills through practice. In Semester A, students attend weekly lectures that introduce key qualitative research techniques and approaches used in the discipline. Students work with local community organisations to appraise a local problem, demonstrate key research skills, and disseminate their findings to the wider community. In Semesters A and B, these research skills are further developed through tutorials focused on preparing students to do their IGS.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 5
Timetable:

Geographical Research in PracticeGEG5103BSemester 25

Geographical Research in Practice

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Dr William Monteith
Overlap:
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Research is a critical part of what geographers do and this module develops research skills through practice. In Semester B, students attend weekly tutorials that introduce key qualitative research techniques, research design, and common approaches to secondary data used in the discipline. In consultation with their tutor, students conduct a literature review around a research problem of interest and then design a proposal for an independent piece of geographical research intended to evaluate this problem.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 5
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Boston Reworked: The Making of a North American CityGEG5125Semester 25

Boston Reworked: The Making of a North American City

Credits: 30.0
Contact: Prof Alastair Owens
Overlap:
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Boston is a city that has undergone a series of dramatic transformations over the past three centuries. From being a key site of the American Revolution's rejection of British colonial rule, to the mass migration of Irish, Black American and other groups to the city in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, through to more recent processes of economic decline and reinvention as a hub of biotechnology, it is a city that has been at the forefront of American political, economic and social change. This module focuses on the changing historical geographies of Boston from the colonial period to the present day examining key processes which have shaped the city. Teaching and learning begins in the classroom through a series of lectures and workshops examining aspects of the city's historical geography and the sources used to study them, and planning group-based project work. It culminates in a week-long field course in Boston at the end of the semester. Work in Boston involves visiting museums, walking heritage trails, exploring localities and neighborhoods and meeting with researchers, experts and heritage practitioners in order to complete group projects. Compulsory UK based fieldwork in the School of Geography is undertaken at no extra cost. Optional overseas fieldwork in the second and third year ranges from £400 to £1,200 approximately, some with additional flight costs. These figures are based on costs in the year 2016/17 but the overall cost will fluctuate each year. Destinations can vary year-on-year, are subject to availability and are dependent on the module combinations chosen. Overseas field trip modules run in alternate years. Places on some field trip modules are limited. If field trip modules are oversubscribed, places are allocated by ballot. Students participating in overseas field trips are responsible for securing their own visas, if required.

Assessment: 70.0% Coursework, 30.0% Practical
Level: 5
Timetable:

Cultural GeographiesGEG5126Semester 15

Cultural Geographies

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Dr Regan Koch
Overlap:
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This module provides an introduction to the field of cultural geography. It draws on examples both historical and contemporary, in the UK and beyond, to demonstrate how spaces, places and landscapes are laden with meaning. It shows that culture is not something that is fixed, but rather constructed through relations with different people, places, ideas, objects and practices. The module therefore helps student understand and interpret matters of culture critically, with careful attention to plurality, complexity and power. Taught through a combination of lectures and seminars, topics include: an introduction to cultural geography; landscape: meaning, power and identity; interpreting cultural representations; more-than-representational geographies; geographies of embodiment and mobility; cultural geographies of food; emerging cultural landscapes and politics; tensions and new directions in cultural geography.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 5
Timetable:

Society and SpaceGEG5127Semester 25

Society and Space

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Prof Jon May
Overlap:
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This module introduces students to the field of social geography, its theoretical perspectives and substantive concerns, centred upon an understanding of societies as products of uneven and always negotiated relationships of power. Drawing on a social constructionist approach, and using mainly UK examples, we consider intersecting constructions of social class, gender, race and sexuality, and how these constructions both shape, and are shaped by space at a variety of scales. The module includes a field walk assignment designed to develop skills of critical observation and interpretation.

Assessment: 100.0% Examination
Level: 5
Timetable:

Spaces of Uneven DevelopmentGEG5128Semester 25

Spaces of Uneven Development

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Dr Marcia Vera Espinoza
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This module will interrogate how development geography has evolved as a discipline, discourse and practice since its inception. Beginning with a set of lectures which will introduce students to mainstream and radical theorizations of development, the module will present ongoing and emerging research agendas around issues of restructuring, employment, gender, finance, migration and related policy interventions. These issues will be examined in different regions of the world, enabling students from different disciplinary backgrounds to analyze the impact of diverse cultural and global contexts on development theory and practice.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 5
Timetable:

Economic GeographiesGEG5129Semester 25

Economic Geographies

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Dr Joe Penny
Overlap:
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This module offers a broad introduction to key debates within Economic Geography. It explores: the geographies of production and global production networks; the recentering of Economic Geography through engagement with the Global South and development; the centrality of uneven development in capitalist economic social relations; the connections between globalisation and local socio-spatial relations; and 'alternative' or `diverse' economic practices that challenge neoliberalism. The module will challenge students to understand how economic processes of valuation, production, consumption and exchange play out in practice in time and place.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 5
Timetable:

Environmental Research MethodsGEG5212Semester 15

Environmental Research Methods

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Prof Lisa Belyea
Overlap:
Prerequisite: Before taking this module you must take GEG4004

This module provides training in key research methods for physical geography and environmental science, building on knowledge and skills acquired in GEG4004 Research Methods for Geographers & Environmental Scientists. The training will focus on developing field techniques but will also include practice in laboratory techniques, data analysis and interpretation, and develop reporting skills. The module will be delivered through a residential field course, supported by lectures and workshops. With GEG5214 Research Design and GEG5213 Advanced Environmental Research Methods, it provides a foundation for Level 6 independent research projects.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 5
Timetable:

Advanced Environmental Research SkillsGEG5213Semester 25

Advanced Environmental Research Skills

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Prof Geraldene Wharton
Overlap:
Prerequisite: Before taking this module you must take GEG4004

This module provides further training in selected research techniques, building upon GEG5212 Environmental Research Methods. To develop the skills they need for Level 6 independent research projects, students will select from a portfolio of "short course options" providing opportunities to learn and practice laboratory and field methods, based on research strengths within the School of Geography. Delivery is tailored to the specific needs of each short course and will typically involve small-group laboratory, computing and/or local fieldwork.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 5
Timetable:

Research DesignGEG5214Full year5

Research Design

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Prof Simon Lewis
Overlap: In taking this module you cannot take GEG5214B
Prerequisite: Before taking this module you must take GEG4004

This module develops students' understanding of approaches to scientific research, building on knowledge and skills acquired in GEG4004 Research Methods for Geographers & Environmental Scientists. This will include literature review, developing research questions and testable hypotheses, feasibility studies, risk assessment procedures and the management of research projects. Through this module students will choose a topic for their Level 6 Independent Geographical Study or Project in Environmental Science and be guided through the process of developing and submitting a project proposal.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 5
Timetable:

Ancient Human Occupation of BritainGEG6225Semester 16

Ancient Human Occupation of Britain

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Prof Simon Lewis
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Who are we and where do we come from? These frequently-asked questions are addressed through an examination of the archaeological record and the rich Palaeolithic record in Britain. The British evidence is considered in the context of dispersals of hominin groups from Africa into Europe over the last two million years. Major climatic fluctuations, repeated advance and retreat of ice sheets and major geographical and environmental changes provide the backdrop for this exploration of the ancient human occupation of Britain.

Assessment: 60.0% Coursework, 40.0% Examination
Level: 6
Timetable:

Environmental PollutionGEG6226Semester 16

Environmental Pollution

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Prof Kate Heppell
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The module introduces students to the sources, pathways and effects of a range of inorganic and organic pollutants in soils, sediments and aquatic environments. It will address current methods of pollution control, focusing on risk-based methods of pollution management and appropriate management strategies for different pollutant types. Developing a process-based understanding of contaminant cycles through the catchment-coast continuum, students will learn how to apply this to environmental management scenarios using case study material. The module includes a one-day site or field visit.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 6
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Volcanoes, Climate Change and SocietyGEG6229Semester 26

Volcanoes, Climate Change and Society

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Dr Anna Bourne
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Volcanic eruptions can influence earth systems on a number of scales, from individual landforms to landscape development and global climatic change. Volcanic hazards can have global-scale social impacts and directly threaten the approximately 800 million people that live within 100 km of an active volcano. This module will provide students with knowledge about volcanic environments, the hazards they pose on many scales and potential benefits to societies.

Assessment: 80.0% Coursework, 20.0% Practical
Level: 6
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Advanced Geospatial ScienceGEG6230Semester 16

Advanced Geospatial Science

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Dr Stuart Grieve
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Prerequisite: Before taking this module you must take GEG5144 or take GEG5223 or take GEG5102

The analysis of geospatial data is the cornerstone of much physical geography and environmental science research. Building upon the knowledge acquired in GEG5223 students will be taught through a range of lectures and computer based practicals. Material covered will highlight recent developments from across the discipline, demonstrating the use of cutting edge Geographical Information Systems to solve problems from a range of physical geography and environmental science sub-disciplines. Time will also be devoted to the effective visualisation of geospatial data and analysis outputs, equipping students with key skills required in the workplace or for further study .

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 6
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Getting Started in Geographical and Environmental ResearchGEG4210Semester 24

Getting Started in Geographical and Environmental Research

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Prof Simon Lewis
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This compulsory module provides training in key research methods for physical geography and environmental science, complementing knowledge and skills acquired in GEG4004 Research Methods for Geographers & Environmental Scientists. This will include practice in laboratory and field techniques, as well as data analysis and interpretation, digital cartography and reporting skills, delivered through lectures and practical work (field, lab, computer) and a non-residential field course. It provides a foundation for level 5 methods modules (GEG5214,GEG5213,GEG5212) and for the level 6 independent research project.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 4
Timetable:

Health, Space and JusticeGEG5135Semester 15

Health, Space and Justice

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Dr Tim Brown
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Situated within a critical geographies framework, this module focuses on the geographical study of health and biomedicine. The module considers significant developments that have taken place in the sub-discipline over the past several decades and evaluates how these have shaped geographical research in this area. Supported by examples drawn from across the countries of the Global North and Global South, the module prompts students to engage critically with the social and spatial unevenness of health, disease and illness and with geographers¿ concern for issues of inequality, inequity and justice.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 5
Timetable:

Research DesignGEG5214BSemester 25

Research Design

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Prof Simon Lewis
Overlap: In taking this module you cannot take GEG5214
Prerequisite: Before taking this module you must take GEG4004

This module develops students' understanding of approaches to scientific research, building on knowledge and skills acquired in GEG4004 Research Methods for Geographers & Environmental Scientists. This will include literature review, developing research questions and testable hypotheses, feasibility studies, risk assessment procedures and the management of research projects. Through this module students will choose a topic for their Level 6 Independent Geographical Study or Project in Environmental Science and be guided through the process of developing and submitting a project proposal.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 5
Timetable:

Geographies of HomeGEG6102Semester 16

Geographies of Home

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Prof Alison Blunt
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Prerequisite:

This module investigates geographies of home on scales ranging from the domestic to the global. Conceptually, the module considers the long-established 'suppression of home' (Reed, 1996), and its more recent revival in research across the humanities and social sciences. The module begins by tracing the celebration of home by humanistic geographers as a site of authentic meaning, value and experience, imbued with nostalgic memories and the love of a particular place. But humanistic geographers failed to analyse the home as a gendered space shaped by different and unequal relations of power and as a space that might be dangerous, violent and alienating rather than loving and secure. More complex and contested spaces of home have come to be studied by cultural geographers, often inspired by feminist and postcolonial theory. One central theme of this work has been an interest in the politics of home and identity, and the ways in which geographies of home are shaped not only by gender, but also by race, class, sexuality and age.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 6
Timetable:

Historical Geographies of Childhood and Youth 1800-presentGEG6143Semester 26

Historical Geographies of Childhood and Youth 1800-present

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Dr Claudia Soares
Overlap:
Prerequisite:

This is an exciting, interdisciplinary module that explores key themes and issues that enable us to understand childhood and children's everyday lives in the context of social, cultural, political and environmental change over time, in the UK and on a global level. Engaging with the subdisciplines of historical geography and children's geographies, the module makes a case for the use of age as an important category of analysis in understanding individuals' engagement and participation in society and culture.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 6
Timetable:

Latin American Debates: the politics of development and democratisationGEG6144Semester 26

Latin American Debates: the politics of development and democratisation

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Dr Samuel Halvorsen
Overlap:
Prerequisite:

Latin America has provided one of the most dynamic and exciting regions for debating paths of development and democratisation, two processes that have been widely disputed since the region emerged from the shadows of military governments in the early 1980s. This module examines the wealth of knowledges and the key fault lines that have emerged within and about the region since the 1980s, paying particular attention to the period of the so-called left turn (1998-2015).

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 6
Timetable:

Geography, Technology and SocietyGEG6134Semester 26

Geography, Technology and Society

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Dr Kerry Holden
Overlap:
Prerequisite:

This module will develop students' critical engagement with the geographies of knowledge, technology and society. The module will discuss the theoretical and conceptual fabric of geographies of science, paying close attention to its development through studies in the history and sociology of science and Science & Technology Studies (STS). It will then apply these theoretical and conceptual tools to understanding a select number of case study examples of hubs of scientific innovation in the life sciences and Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 6
Timetable:

Future CoastsGEG5228Semester 25

Future Coasts

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Prof Kate Spencer
Overlap: In taking this module you cannot take BIO294
Prerequisite:

This module features a residential fieldtrip to the delta cities (e.g. Rotterdam) and coasts of NW Europe which are highly populated, low-lying and at risk from sea level rise, storm surges and flooding. It will introduce students to coastal threats associated with climate change and develop understanding of key coastal processes. Restoration and management schemes will be explored to understand how cities and coasts can adapt to and mitigate climate change impacts. Students are required to pay for the cost of the fieldtrip (a subsidy may be available).

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 5
Timetable:

Colonial Lives and AfterlivesGEG5142Semester 25

Colonial Lives and Afterlives

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Prof Kathryn Yusoff
Overlap:
Prerequisite:

This module will encourage students to explore the continuing impact in the present of the long history and broad geography of empire and colonization. Via attention to both the historical geographies of empire (including the histories of slavery and of settler colonialism) and current social, cultural and political issues, the module will demonstrate how questions of race and power structure imperial lives and afterlives. By considering how the past is not dead, students will develop skills in historical geography and critical interpretation and understand how they can be applied for social change.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 5
Timetable:

Geographical Information Systems (GIS)GEG5144Semester 25

Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Dr Konstantinos Melachroinos
Overlap: In taking this module you cannot take GEG5223
Prerequisite:

This module provides an introduction to the basic principles of GIS and their application in modelling geographical realities. It is practically based and a requirement of the module is to become proficient in the operation and use of the GIS software - ArcGIS. The main components of the module include defining the key elements of a GIS, basic cartographic principles, elementary database management, error and data quality issues, statistical analysis of spatial data, and presentation and outputs from GIS.

Assessment: 100.0% Examination
Level: 5
Timetable:

Past Environmental ChangeGEG5229Semester 15

Past Environmental Change

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Prof Simon Lewis
Overlap:
Prerequisite: Before taking this module you are advised to take GEG4209

This module investigates the nature and causes of the major climatic fluctuations of the last 2.5 million years at global to local scales and from million year to decadal timescales. The module explores the varied records of past environmental change, the evidence used to reconstruct and understand past environments and the response of the terrestrial, ocean and ice sheet systems and biota - including humans - to climate change. It integrates perspectives from different disciplines such as sedimentology, palaeontology, oceanography and archaeology.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 5
Timetable:

Readings in Geography: Geography, Technology and SocietyGEG6006Semester 26

Readings in Geography: Geography, Technology and Society

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Dr Kerry Holden
Overlap:
Prerequisite: Before taking this module you must take GEG6134

The Readings in Geography: Geography, Technology and Society module will allow students to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the ideas and issues that they are studying within the GEG6134 Geography, Technology and Society module by undertaking a piece of assessment based on independent reading and research that is supported through two small-group seminars and one-to-one tutorials. The Readings in Geography: Geography, Technology and Society module can be undertaken instead of an alternative Level 6 option module. Students will focus on one area of the Geography, Technology and Society sub-discipline to develop an independent research essay that addresses a key theoretical or methodological question in the field. Students will be assessed via a 6,000 word report and the essay will include a substantive literature review of the chosen area. The module must be taken in conjunction with GEG6134 Geography, Technology and Society

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 6
Timetable:

Future CoastsGEG6228Semester 26

Future Coasts

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Prof Kate Spencer
Overlap:
Prerequisite:

This module features a residential fieldtrip to the delta cities (e.g. Rotterdam) and coasts of NW Europe which are highly populated, low-lying and at risk from sea level rise, storm surges and flooding. It will introduce students to coastal threats associated with climate change and develop understanding of key coastal processes. Restoration and management schemes will be explored to understand how cities and coasts can adapt to and mitigate climate change impacts. Students are required to pay for the cost of the fieldtrip (a subsidy may be available).

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 6
Timetable:

Historical Geographies of Medicine: From Imperial Hygiene to Global HealthGEG6145Semester 16

Historical Geographies of Medicine: From Imperial Hygiene to Global Health

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Dr Stephen Taylor
Overlap:
Prerequisite:

This module explores the relationship between medicine and projects of European imperial expansion. Focusing on the period 1750 to the present, the module examines how European encounters with unfamiliar bodies, places, and diseases led to changes in the practice of medicine as public health increasingly became a 'tool of empire'. Informed by scholarship from medical and environmental history, students learn how a geographical perspective can be used to interrogate the histories and contemporary legacies of these encounters with difference. Key topics that will be considered include: disease and environment; the emergence of racial medicine; sexuality and gender; and the colonial legacies of contemporary global health.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 6
Timetable:

Kinship: Geographical PerspectivesGEG6146Semester 26

Kinship: Geographical Perspectives

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Prof Catherine Nash
Overlap:
Prerequisite:

This module offers a geographical approach to critically engage with ideas of kinship ¿ of who is related to whom and how ¿ and genealogical origins for understandings of human connection and difference (including ideas of global humanity, nation, ethnicity and race). It explores the cultures and science of genealogy, including family history, genetic genealogy and genetic accounts of the histories of national or ethnic groups, and addresses efforts to reconsider how kinship can be understood and practiced, including interspecies kinship.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 6
Timetable:

Geographies of Forced MigrationGEG6147Semester 16

Geographies of Forced Migration

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Dr Marcia Vera Espinoza
Overlap:
Prerequisite:

Refugees and forced migrants are central to global, regional and national debates. This module explores the varied and complex nature of these populations as well as the diverse responses to their mobility. Students will be introduced to different theoretical and methodological approaches that will enable them to understand the geographies of forced migration. By focusing on the interplay of different scales and levels where displacement is produced, embodied, governed and contested, the module explores the various experiences of forced migrants in the UK and across the world.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 6
Timetable:

The Public Life of CitiesGEG6148Semester 26

The Public Life of Cities

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Dr Regan Koch
Overlap:
Prerequisite:

Focusing on the public life of contemporary cities, this module provides an engagement with urban geography and urban studies. Students will be introduced to a range of ideas, concepts and key thinkers that help to understand and analyse urban environments. Topics and case studies draw on cities from around the globe, centring on: matters of public space and publicness; urban transformation and social innovation; government and regulation; relations between social life and urban form; and the social production of space though encounters among people, objects, infrastructures and (im)material forces. Key questions examine how people manage common problems, share resources (or not) and organise different forms of collective culture. The aim is that students become better equipped to comprehend and weigh in on the problems and potentials of an increasingly urbanised world.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 6
Timetable:

Nature-based Climate SolutionsGEG6232Semester 16

Nature-based Climate Solutions

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Prof Lisa Belyea
Overlap:
Prerequisite: Before taking this module you must take GEG5224

To what extent can climate change be mitigated by improved stewardship of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems? In this module, we examine how conservation, restoration and improved management of ecosystems can increase carbon storage and/or avoid greenhouse gas emissions. We evaluate a range of ¿natural climate solutions¿ (NCS) for their feasibility, cost-effectiveness, environmental co-benefits and climate mitigation potential. You will take an active approach to learning through participation in lectures, small-group discussions and a non-residential field trip.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 6
Timetable:

Flood Risk Management and ModellingGEG6314Semester 26

Flood Risk Management and Modelling

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Dr Alexander Henshaw
Overlap:
Prerequisite:

This module provides students with knowledge and skills related to flood risk management. It examines the current status of flood risk and associated legislation in the UK and Europe. Flood generation mechanisms are explained and novel management options for reducing flood risk are critically reviewed. Potential impacts of predicted changes in climate and socio-economic conditions on UK flood risk are also explored. Practical sessions are used to introduce students to design discharge estimation methods, flood frequency analysis and 1/2D inundation modelling using industry standard software.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 6
Timetable:

Contemporary India: Politics, Society and the EconomyGEG6129Semester 16

Contemporary India: Politics, Society and the Economy

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Dr Philippa Williams
Overlap:
Prerequisite:

he module examines significant shifts in Indian politics, society and the economy. It does so by connecting the big theories and topics, such as democracy, citizenship, violence, development and neoliberalism, with everyday ideas and practices in India today. Throughout the module students will be introduced to different theoretical approaches used by South Asian scholars such as feminist and postcolonial frameworks, and invited to bring these into dialogue with empirical examples in order to respond to wider questions about development and democracy in India.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 6
Timetable:

Colonial Lives and AfterlivesGEG5142Semester 25

Colonial Lives and Afterlives

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Prof Kathryn Yusoff
Overlap:
Prerequisite:

This module will encourage students to explore the continuing impact in the present of the long history and broad geography of empire and colonization. Via attention to both the historical geographies of empire (including the histories of slavery and of settler colonialism) and current social, cultural and political issues, the module will demonstrate how questions of race and power structure imperial lives and afterlives. By considering how the past is not dead, students will develop skills in historical geography and critical interpretation and understand how they can be applied for social change.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 5
Timetable:

Past Environmental ChangeGEG5229Semester 25

Past Environmental Change

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Prof Simon Lewis
Overlap:
Prerequisite: Before taking this module you are advised to take GEG4209

This module investigates the nature and causes of the major climatic fluctuations of the last 2.5 million years at global to local scales and from million year to decadal timescales. The module explores the varied records of past environmental change, the evidence used to reconstruct and understand past environments and the response of the terrestrial, ocean and ice sheet systems and biota - including humans - to climate change. It integrates perspectives from different disciplines such as sedimentology, palaeontology, oceanography and archaeology.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 5
Timetable:

Economic GeographiesGEG5129Semester 25

Economic Geographies

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Dr Joe Penny
Overlap:
Prerequisite:

This module offers a broad introduction to key debates within Economic Geography. It explores: the geographies of production and global production networks; the recentering of Economic Geography through engagement with the Global South and development; the centrality of uneven development in capitalist economic social relations; the connections between globalisation and local socio-spatial relations; and 'alternative' or `diverse' economic practices that challenge neoliberalism. The module will challenge students to understand how economic processes of valuation, production, consumption and exchange play out in practice in time and place.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 5
Timetable:

Nature-based Climate SolutionsGEG6232Semester 26

Nature-based Climate Solutions

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Prof Lisa Belyea
Overlap:
Prerequisite: Before taking this module you must take GEG5224

To what extent can climate change be mitigated by improved stewardship of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems? In this module, we examine how conservation, restoration and improved management of ecosystems can increase carbon storage and/or avoid greenhouse gas emissions. We evaluate a range of ¿natural climate solutions¿ (NCS) for their feasibility, cost-effectiveness, environmental co-benefits and climate mitigation potential. You will take an active approach to learning through participation in lectures, small-group discussions and a non-residential field trip.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 6
Timetable:

Flood Risk Management and ModellingGEG6314Semester 26

Flood Risk Management and Modelling

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Dr Alexander Henshaw
Overlap:
Prerequisite:

This module provides students with knowledge and skills related to flood risk management. It examines the current status of flood risk and associated legislation in the UK and Europe. Flood generation mechanisms are explained and novel management options for reducing flood risk are critically reviewed. Potential impacts of predicted changes in climate and socio-economic conditions on UK flood risk are also explored. Practical sessions are used to introduce students to design discharge estimation methods, flood frequency analysis and 1/2D inundation modelling using industry standard software.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 6
Timetable:

Geography, Technology and SocietyGEG6134Semester 16

Geography, Technology and Society

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Dr Kerry Holden
Overlap:
Prerequisite:

This module will develop students' critical engagement with the geographies of knowledge, technology and society. The module will discuss the theoretical and conceptual fabric of geographies of science, paying close attention to its development through studies in the history and sociology of science and Science & Technology Studies (STS). It will then apply these theoretical and conceptual tools to understanding a select number of case study examples of hubs of scientific innovation in the life sciences and Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 6
Timetable:

Environmental PollutionGEG6226Semester 26

Environmental Pollution

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Prof Kate Heppell
Overlap:
Prerequisite:

The module introduces students to the sources, pathways and effects of a range of inorganic and organic pollutants in soils, sediments and aquatic environments. It will address current methods of pollution control, focusing on risk-based methods of pollution management and appropriate management strategies for different pollutant types. Developing a process-based understanding of contaminant cycles through the catchment-coast continuum, students will learn how to apply this to environmental management scenarios using case study material. The module includes a one-day site or field visit.

Assessment: 50.0% Coursework, 50.0% Examination
Level: 6
Timetable:

Global WorldsGEG4112Semester 24

Global Worlds

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Dr Samuel Halvorsen
Overlap:
Prerequisite:

This module will introduce students to a range of core issues affecting the world around them from economic, cultural and social perspectives with a particular focus on the importance of global-local relations revolving around inequality and justice. It will explore a range of debates surrounding the interrelationships between globalisation and international development from historical and contemporary viewpoints as well as the nature and politics of identities in relation to nationalism, diaspora, landscape and exclusion . Students will also be introduced to the relationships between health, place and care.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 4
Timetable:

Cultural GeographiesGEG5126Semester 25

Cultural Geographies

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Dr Regan Koch
Overlap:
Prerequisite:

This module provides an introduction to the field of cultural geography. It draws on examples both historical and contemporary, in the UK and beyond, to demonstrate how spaces, places and landscapes are laden with meaning. It shows that culture is not something that is fixed, but rather constructed through relations with different people, places, ideas, objects and practices. The module therefore helps student understand and interpret matters of culture critically, with careful attention to plurality, complexity and power. Taught through a combination of lectures and seminars, topics include: an introduction to cultural geography; landscape: meaning, power and identity; interpreting cultural representations; more-than-representational geographies; geographies of embodiment and mobility; cultural geographies of food; emerging cultural landscapes and politics; tensions and new directions in cultural geography.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 5
Timetable:

Earth Surface ScienceGEG4209Semester 24

Earth Surface Science

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Dr James Bradley
Overlap:
Prerequisite:

What makes planet Earth so remarkable? Our planet is shaped by many interacting environmental systems operating from atomic through to global scales. Understanding the science of these systems is central to developing an advanced knowledge of the physical environment. This module explores fundamental Earth surface systems (e.g. tectonics, atmosphere & oceans, landscape development, climate change), focusing on core concepts, processes, their significance within a broader environmental context and their relevance to the human species.

Assessment: 100.0% Examination
Level: 4
Timetable:

Getting Started in Geographical and Environmental ResearchGEG4210Semester 24

Getting Started in Geographical and Environmental Research

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Prof Simon Lewis
Overlap:
Prerequisite:

This compulsory module provides training in key research methods for physical geography and environmental science, complementing knowledge and skills acquired in GEG4004 Research Methods for Geographers & Environmental Scientists. This will include practice in laboratory and field techniques, as well as data analysis and interpretation, digital cartography and reporting skills, delivered through lectures and practical work (field, lab, computer) and a non-residential field course. It provides a foundation for level 5 methods modules (GEG5214,GEG5213,GEG5212) and for the level 6 independent research project.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 4
Timetable:

Geographies of HomeGEG6102Semester 26

Geographies of Home

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Prof Alison Blunt
Overlap:
Prerequisite:

This module investigates geographies of home on scales ranging from the domestic to the global. Conceptually, the module considers the long-established 'suppression of home' (Reed, 1996), and its more recent revival in research across the humanities and social sciences. The module begins by tracing the celebration of home by humanistic geographers as a site of authentic meaning, value and experience, imbued with nostalgic memories and the love of a particular place. But humanistic geographers failed to analyse the home as a gendered space shaped by different and unequal relations of power and as a space that might be dangerous, violent and alienating rather than loving and secure. More complex and contested spaces of home have come to be studied by cultural geographers, often inspired by feminist and postcolonial theory. One central theme of this work has been an interest in the politics of home and identity, and the ways in which geographies of home are shaped not only by gender, but also by race, class, sexuality and age.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 6
Timetable:

Geography in the WorldGEG4003Semester 24

Geography in the World

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Prof Catherine Nash
Overlap:
Prerequisite:

This module focuses on academic geography and the application of geographical knowledge and skills by academic geographers and students in their future careers. It provides an understanding of academic geography as engaged with the world and situated within wider society. We address key geographical practices, explore the relevance and application of academic geography, and consider new developments in citizen science and activist, participatory and public geography. The module includes a field trip to the Royal Geographical Society and employability lectures.

Assessment: 80.0% Examination, 20.0% Coursework
Level: 4
Timetable:

Geopolitics post-9/11: War, Security, EconomyGEG6130Semester 26

Geopolitics post-9/11: War, Security, Economy

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Dr Rory Rowan
Overlap:
Prerequisite:

Subsequent to the introductory lecture, the module is divided into three sections. The first main section provides an historical and political overview of the 'war on terror' in relation to thinking about other types of wars. It considers how the prosecution of the war on terror has come to shape not only military, but also legal and governmental discourse and practice in the post 9/11 era. The second section invites students to consider ideas and practices of security as a central feature of this. It will consider the rise of private military contracting, immigration, humanitarianism, urban geopolitics, and the overlap between health and security concerns. The third section focuses on the political-economic underpinnings of many of these developments and challenges students to think of conflict as an embedded social phenomenon: as much a part of contemporary discourses on the economy as it is something with merely economic implications. The final, concluding lecture will examine alternatives to the dominant framings of modern conflict that have been put forward and critiqued thus far.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 6
Timetable:

Boston Reworked: The Making of a North American CityGEG5149Semester 15

Boston Reworked: The Making of a North American City

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Prof Alastair Owens
Overlap: In taking this module you cannot take GEG6149
Prerequisite:

Boston is a city that has undergone a series of dramatic transformations over the past three centuries. From being a key site of the American Revolution's rejection of British colonial rule in the eighteenth century, to the mass migration of European, African American and other populations to the industrializing city in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, through to more recent processes of economic decline, racial struggle and urban reinvention, it is a city that has been at the forefront of American political, economic and social change. This module focuses on the changing historical geographies of Boston from the colonial period to the present day examining key processes which have shaped and reshaped the city. Teaching and learning takes place via a series of online lectures, seminars workshops and other activities examining aspects of the city's historical geography and the sources used to study them. It culminates in a virtual field course in Boston at the end of the semester, where students will work in groups on projects exploring localities and neighborhoods and engaging with a range of individuals in Boston such as researchers, planning and regeneration experts, community representatives, and heritage practitioners.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 5
Timetable:

Environmental Research MethodsGEG5215Full year5

Environmental Research Methods

Credits: 30.0
Contact: Prof Geraldene Wharton
Overlap:
Prerequisite: Before taking this module you must take GEG4004

This module provides training in research techniques for physical geography and environmental science students, building upon skills acquired in GEG4004 Research Methods for Geographers and Environmental Scientists and GEG4210 Getting Started in Geography and Environmental Science. All students will receive training in designing surveys and experiments, working with environmental data and carrying out fieldwork. They will also select from a portfolio of ¿short course options¿ providing opportunities to develop further their lab or data analysis skills. Delivery will typically involve laboratory, computing and/or fieldwork.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 5
Timetable:

Ideas and Practice in Geography and Environmental ScienceGEG4007Full year4

Ideas and Practice in Geography and Environmental Science

Credits: 30.0
Contact: Dr Stephen Taylor
Overlap:
Prerequisite:

This module equips students with the skills and understanding needed to study for a degree in Geography or Environmental Science. It is built around weekly tutorials throughout the first and second semester that introduce students to study skills (such as reading, note-taking and referencing, essay writing, recognising and responding to feedback, making effective presentations preparing for examinations), as well as providing a forum for reflecting on topics and themes dealt with in other modules.

Assessment: 80.0% Coursework, 20.0% Practical
Level: 4
Timetable:

Boston Reworked: The Making of a North American CityGEG6149Semester 16

Boston Reworked: The Making of a North American City

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Prof Alastair Owens
Overlap: In taking this module you cannot take GEG5149
Prerequisite:

Boston is a city that has undergone a series of dramatic transformations over the past three centuries. From being a key site of the American Revolution's rejection of British colonial rule in the eighteenth century, to the mass migration of European, African American and other populations to the industrializing city in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, through to more recent processes of economic decline, racial struggle and urban reinvention, it is a city that has been at the forefront of American political, economic and social change. This module focuses on the changing historical geographies of Boston from the colonial period to the present day examining key processes which have shaped and reshaped the city. Teaching and learning takes place via a series of online lectures, seminars workshops and other activities examining aspects of the city's historical geography and the sources used to study them. It culminates in a virtual field course in Boston at the end of the semester, where students will work in groups on projects exploring localities and neighborhoods and engaging with a range of individuals in Boston such as researchers, planning and regeneration experts, community representatives, and heritage practitioners.

Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 6
Timetable:

Ecosystem ScienceGEG5224Semester 25

Ecosystem Science

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Prof Lisa Belyea
Overlap:
Prerequisite:

This module explores the fundamental environmental units: ecosystems. We use biological and physical science perspectives to examine the geographical distribution of ecosystems and to understand the principles and processes governing their structure and function. We study the exchange of materials and energy between biotic and abiotic ecosystem components, focusing on water, carbon and nutrient cycles. We engage with urban land managers in project work, and apply biogeoscience perspectives when interpreting how ecosystems change in response to internal system processes, environmental change, natural disturbance events and human activities.

Assessment: 50.0% Examination, 50.0% Coursework
Level: 5
Timetable:

Society and SpaceGEG5127Semester 25

Society and Space

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Prof Jon May
Overlap:
Prerequisite:

This module introduces students to the field of social geography, its theoretical perspectives and substantive concerns, centred upon an understanding of societies as products of uneven and always negotiated relationships of power. Drawing on a social constructionist approach, and using mainly UK examples, we consider intersecting constructions of social class, gender, race and sexuality, and how these constructions both shape, and are shaped by space at a variety of scales. The module includes a field walk assignment designed to develop skills of critical observation and interpretation.

Assessment: 100.0% Examination
Level: 5
Timetable:

Ideas and Practice in Environmental ScienceGEG4008Full year4

Ideas and Practice in Environmental Science

Credits: 15.0
Contact: Dr Stephen Taylor
Overlap:
Prerequisite:

This module equips students with the skills and understanding needed to study for a degree in Environmental Science. It is built around weekly tutorials throughout the first and second semester that introduce students to study skills (such as reading, note-taking and referencing, essay writing, recognising and responding to feedback, making effective presentations preparing for examinations), as well as providing a forum for reflecting on topics and themes dealt with in other modules.

Assessment: 80.0% Coursework, 20.0% Practical
Level: 4
Timetable: