Study Abroad and Exchanges



GEO1016 : Contemporary Human Geography of the UK (Semester 1 for Exchange Students)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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 Kingdon
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.

Outline Of Syllabus

NB. Precise titles and order of lectures and seminars are subject to change.

Lecture Outline (12 one hour lectures)

Course introduction
1. Introduction to the human geography of the UK

Social geographies of the UK
2. Patterns of inequality, deprivation and disadvantage
3. Inequalities at work, within and between households
4. Housing and community provision: past, present and future
5. Urban social movements: making and resisting change
6. The geography of social unrest
7. Geographies of ethnicity

Economic geographies of the UK
8. Patterns of uneven growth
9. Geographies of industrial decline and regeneration
10. Geographies of business services and knowledge-based growth
11. Landscapes of consumer culture in the UK

12. Assessment preparation (Exchange students do alternative assessment to the exam)

Seminar Outline (10 hours of seminars)

1. Standards of living: questions of measurement and manifestation
2. What future for social housing? ‘Oxford-style’ debate
3. Where do riots happen and why? OR Ethnic concentrations and identities
4. 'What makes Britain rich?'
5. The political geography of UK foreign policy

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops11:001:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study821:0082:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

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

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1A100Take home exam for exchange students 2000 words in length, submitted as a piece of coursework.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The take home exam at the end of the semester will involve a question selected from each of the main course sections in that semester. Reflecting the intended skills outcome, this approach will require the students to grasp the full breadth of issues encompassed in a discussion of the contemporary human geography of the UK.

Reading Lists