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GEO1102 : Interconnected World: Foundations and Development Geographies - Semester 1

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To introduce and provide a foundation for the study of human geography.
To outline the practice of human geography at University level connecting it with other first year geography courses.
To provide an understanding of the complex interconnections underpinning everyday work and life across the globe.

In particular, the course explores how human geography provides the lens through which we can better understand the complex interconnections which underpin work and life across the globe. Human geography research allows us to examine the multiple networks, flows and mobilities which shape real life and real lives in the modern world. After introducing several key foundations at the intellectual core of human geography, the course examines in more depth the role of economic geographies in shaping an interconnected world.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Introduction: Why geography matters
2. Interconnected World Workshop
3. Globalization, A History From Above
4. Globalization: A History From Below
5. Key concepts: Local-Global
6. Key concepts: Society-Space
7. Key concepts: Power-Inequality

7. Poverty and the Development Agenda
8. Institutions of Development
9. Media and Development
10. Gender and Development
11. Gender, Development and Environment
12. Postcolonial Urban Economies

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops13:003:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study152:0052:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide the core material in the course.
Seminars provide an opportunity for students to explore selected issues in greater depth.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M1002000 word Essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay will provide students with the opportunity to explore aspects of the module in greater depth. The essay will provide a means of assessing their ability to place and synthesise the material gained from lectures and seminars in addition to empirical, conceptual and theoretical understandings derived from their own independent study. The essay will also assess students’ ability to critically and succinctly evaluate such material.

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