Global Opportunities

GEO1016 : Human Geographies 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 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

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

Lecture 1 – Introduction
Lecture 2 – Uneven development
Lecture 3 – Geographies of deindustrialisation
Lecture 4 – Geographies of knowledge intensive industries
Lecture 5 – The changing geographies of Tyneside
Lecture 6 – Fieldwork briefing on “Quayside and Ouseburn Valley”
Fieldwork 1 (Economic geographies)
Buffer/Enrichment Week
Lecture 7 – Social justice and geographies of responsibility
Lecture 8 – Gender, sexuality and place
Lecture 9 – Racism and Islamophobia
Lecture 10 – Race, Place and Migration in the UK
Lecture 11 – Fieldwork Briefing on “unequal play”
Fieldwork 2 (Social geographies)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials111:0011:00Synchronous, in person with module staff
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork24:008:00Synchronous, in person, student-led small group activity
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study181:0081:00Including: independent study; directed research and reading; assessment preparation and completion
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
GEO1015Human Geographies of the UK
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module is taught through a mixture of lectures and fieldwork in order to meet the learning outcomes. The fieldwork in the form of student-led small group activity offers an important first experience of fieldwork at this stage 1 level of the geography programme.

It is expected that students will complete this work around Newcastle upon Tyne. The economic and social geographies trips will be based around the city’s Quayside and Ouseburn Valley. The worksheets completed as part of these fieldwork activities will account for 10% each of the module assessment.

It is important to note that the fieldwork material will be easily adapted for students who do not travel to Newcastle for reasons of shielding or have other medical constraints on their mobility. These fieldtrips successfully ran as virtual events in academic year 2020-2021 and as hybrid activities in 2021-2022.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M802 x 1,000 word essay questions based on semester 1 lecture material (from economic geographies).
Written exercise1M10Worksheet based on economic geography fieldwork.
Written exercise1M10Worksheet based on social geography fieldwork.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Assessed Essays = 2 x 1,000 words based on semester 1 material (2 x 40%) + Written Exercise = worksheet based on economic and social geography fieldwork (20%). This tests learning across both teaching methods in the module (lecture and fieldwork).

Reading Lists