Module Catalogue 2023/24

GEO1010 : Interconnected World

GEO1010 : Interconnected World

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Kean Fan Lim
  • Co-Module Leader: Dr Kathryn Manzo
  • Lecturer: Dr Robert Shaw, Dr Raksha Pande, Professor Nick Megoran, Dr Craig Jones
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

Pre Requisite Comment



Modules you need to take at the same time

Co Requisite Comment



To introduce and provide a foundation for the study of human geography.
To outline the practice of human geography at University level
To introduce core concepts for thinking about global and local life
To provide an understanding of the complex interconnections underpinning everyday life across the globe.

Outline Of Syllabus

5 blocks introducing students to key areas of geographical research. Each block after the Foundations has 5 lectures + 1 seminar

The content list is indicative and subject to change.

Introduction: Why Geography Matters
Interconnected World Workshop
The Local and the Global
Globalization, A History From Above
Globalization, A History From Below

Foundations Seminar: A Global Sense of Place

The Geography of the Economy
The Global Production System
Finance: Money makes the world go round Consumption Geographies
Alternative Economies
Economic Seminar: Global Production Networks

Intro: Territoriality and the World Map
The State
Geopolitics Migration Citizenship
Political Seminar: Imagined Communities

Poverty and the development agenda
Institutions of Development
Climate Change and Development
Gender, Development & Environment (2 lectures)
Development Seminar: Development Theories

Fragmenting Societies
Living with Difference
Emotional Geographies
China and a World of Cities: Urban social geographies
Encounters and Public Space

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Teaching and learning is organised to:
•       Introduce students to the main principles of human geography and provide a broad awareness of the contribution made by geography to an understanding of the complex and inter-connected nature of the human world.
•       Provide a foundation for further study by developing a critical awareness of different human geography approaches to understanding spatial variation in economic, social, and political phenomena.
•       Appreciate the distinctiveness of place and the way it is remade by social, economic and political processes.
•       Provide an introductory understanding of the way in which human geography processes operate at local, regional, national and global scales and an appreciation of their impact on everyday life.
•       Outline the uneven distribution of poverty and develop an informed concern about inequalities of wealth at all scales.

Intended Skill Outcomes

•       Encourage students to develop an appreciation of the inter-relatedness of the processes that create the human geographical world and to be able to synthesise the different approaches to understanding them.
•       Help students to develop a critical approach to the various aspects of human geography, and to appreciate the provisional and contested nature of geographical knowledge and understanding.
•       To encourage effective study and active learning through a variety of class and library activities.
•       To develop the ability to interpret qualitative and quantitative information.
•       To develop the ability to communicate ideas in written and oral form.
•       To begin to develop a number of transferable skills that will serve students well in their University career and beyond

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion315:0045:003 assessed essays
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion23:006:00Preparing and completing online multiple choice tests
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture281:0028:00Present-in-Person Lectures
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities221:0022:00Weekly recommended reading in module newsletter
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00TA taught
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study194:0094:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
GEO1100Interconnected World: Economic, Social and Political Geographies - (Semester 2 for Exchange students)
GEO1102Interconnected World: Foundations of Human and Development Geographies (Semester 1 for Exchange students)
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide the core material in the course.

Small group teaching centered on task in which group produces a multiple choice question on theme. Each seminar group feeds a question back to the module leader, which goes into assessment.

Online live lectures will be used for assessment guidance and exam revision, to allow module leader to guide students through Canvas.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Digital Examination902A50A digital exam in semester 2 assessment period
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M401,500 words
Prof skill assessmnt1M5Multi-choice via Canvas, questions designed by students in on-line seminars,
Prof skill assessmnt2M5Multi-choice via Canvas, questions designed by students in on-line seminars,
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay will reflect the content taught in the foundations block, and will help assess students ability to deal with core concepts and context
The exam draws together content from the whole module, meaning that students are required to study and synthesize material from across the module as a whole, rather than only focusing on certain blocks
The two multiple choice tests, based on questions that students create in groups in small-group teaching. While 2 short assessments, the core teaching here is to help students connect learning to assessment in first year


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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