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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.
•       To develop an ability to undertaken meaningful fieldwork and connect to the broader learning aims and objectives of the taught materials.

Outline Of Syllabus


Semester 1:
1.       Introduction: contemporary issues in Human Geography
2.       Patterns of uneven growth
3.       Geographies of industrial decline
4.       Geographies of business services and knowledge-based growth
5.       The changing economic geographies of Tyneside
6.       Semester 1: Assessment Briefing Session
7.       Patterns of inequality, deprivation and disadvantage
8.       Housing and community provision: past, present and future
9.       Inequalities at work, within and between households
10.       Mapping Migration in the UK

Semester 2:
11.       Geographies of performance
12.       Landscape as pattern, text and experience
13.       Reading and experiencing military landscapes
14.       Landscapes of memory and memorialisation
15.       Disrupting the sensible: art, city and everyday life
16.       Empire and imperialism: the history of the UK’s political geography
17.       The UK in the world today
18.       The UK state, borders and nationalism
19.       Everyday politics
20.       Summary and Revision

Field trips:

Semester 1:
1.       Economic geographies fieldwork: industrial restructuring of the River Tyne
2.       Social geographies fieldwork: collections and representations of Tyneside
Semester 2:
3.       Political and Cultural Geographies fieldwork: A guided walk around the military sites and landscapes of Newcastle and Gateshead

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching161:0016:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1164:00164:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
GEO1016Contemporary Human Geography of the UK (Semester 1 for Exchange Students)
GEO1017Contemporary Human Geography of the UK (Semester 2 for Exchange Students)
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 Examination902A60Two questions from a list of 6 covering topics from across across Semester 2 of the module (Cultural and Political Geog 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