Module Catalogue 2019/20

GEO1010 : Interconnected World

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Robert Shaw
  • Lecturer: Dr Craig Jones, Dr Raksha Pande, Dr Astrid Wood, Professor Nick Megoran, Dr Kean Fan Lim
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

A level Geography

Co Requisites
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 connecting it with other first year geography courses especially Geographical Imaginations.
To provide an understanding of the complex interconnections underpinning everyday work and life across the globe.

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: Power-Inequality

1. The Geography of the Economy
2. The Global Production System
3. Finance: Money makes the world go round
4. Consumption Geographies
5. The Economy of Global Cities
6. Postcolonial Urban Economies

1. Intro: Territoriality and the World Map
2. The State
3. Geopolitics
4. Migration
5. Migration Case Study
6. TBD

1. Poverty and the development agenda
2. Institutions of Development
3. Sport and development
4. Gender, Development & Environment (2 lectures)
5. Media and Development

1. Society, Space and Self
2. Fragmenting Societies
3. Living with Difference
4. Urban Mobilities
5. Neighbourhoods
6. 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, cultural and political phenomena.
Appreciate the distinctiveness of place and the way it is remade by social, economic and cultural 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 (see below).

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture291:0029:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion129:0029:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading129:0029:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops13:003:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1104:00104:00N/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.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A502 questions
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M401,600 words
Prof skill assessmnt1M5Seminar multi-choice (semester 1&2)
Prof skill assessmnt2M5Seminar article review 500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Assessment is designed to ensure students have an in depth grasp of the key issues discussed in the course. Students will also learn how to critically appraise and synthesise academic material in the course and associated literature.

An alternative form of assessment will be set for exchange students from non-English speaking home institutions replacing the examination. The alternative form of assessment is set in accordance with the University Assessment tariff.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2019/20 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2020/21 entry will be published here in early-April 2019. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.