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GEO1015 : Contemporary Human Geography of the UK

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module aims to help introduce students to the field of Human Geography by exploring and analysing the geographical nature of contemporary issues in the UK. GEO1015 challenges students to draw upon human geography’s rich and diverse theoretical base in order to recognise and understand the geographical sensibilities of some of today’s most pressing and topical economic, societal, cultural and political issues.

•       To introduce cutting edge research exploring the human geography of the United Kingdom;
•       To present the range of world-leading geographical scholarship undertaken at Newcastle University;
•       To enable students to develop critical insights into a range of historical and current geographical trends, shaping economics, politics, society and culture in the United Kingdom;
•       To explore the skills required to trace uneven geographical processes;
•       To cultivate a sense of wonder and curiosity at the varied approaches to human geography, from quantitative studies of demographic change through to ethnographic accounts of disenfranchisement and loss.
•       To develop an ability to undertaken meaningful fieldwork and connect to the broader learning aims and objectives of the taught materials.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction: contemporary issues in Human Geography

Part I: Economic Geographies
Patterns of uneven growth
Geographies of industrial decline
Geographies of business services and knowledge-based growth
The changing economic geographies of Tyneside
Economic Geography Fieldtrip
Semester 1: Assessment Briefing Session
Part II: Social Geographies
Patterns of inequality, deprivation and disadvantage
Housing and community provision: past, present and future
Inequalities at work, within and between households
Social Geography Fieldtrip
Mapping Migration in the UK

Part III: Cultural Geographies
Performance, Politics and a Public Sphere
Landscape as pattern, text and experience
Reading and experiencing military landscapes
Cultural and Political Geography Fieldtrip
Landscapes of memory and memorialisation
Disrupting the sensible: Art, City and Subversion
Part IV: Political Geographies of the UK
Empire and imperialism: the history of the UK’s political geography
The UK in the world today
The UK state, borders and nationalism
The role of religion
Summary and Revision

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1164:00164:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module is taught through a mixture of lectures and fieldwork in order to meet the learning outcomes.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A60Two questions from a list of 6 covering topics from across across Semester 2 of the module (Cultural and Development Sections)
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M402 x 1,000 words. 2 essay questions based on semester 1 lecture material (from economic geographies and social geographies).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Assessed Essay:
2 x 1,000 words; Semester 1; 40%; 2 essay questions based on the semester 1 lecture material (1 question from Part 1 – economic geographies; 1 question from Part 2 – social geographies)

Written Examination:
90 minutes; Semester 2; 60%; two questions from a list of six

The pairing of assessments to Semester 1 and Semester 2 content is designed to facilitate clarity of learning on the module.

Reading Lists