Module Catalogue 2024/25

GEO1015 : Human Geographies of the UK (Inactive)

GEO1015 : Human Geographies of the UK (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Alison Stenning
  • Co-Module Leader: Dr Michael Richardson
  • Lecturer: Professor Stuart Dawley, Dr Ingrid A. Medby, Dr James Riding, Professor Danny MacKinnon
  • 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

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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

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 – Fieldwork Briefing on “unequal play”
Fieldwork 2 (Social geographies)
Lecture 11 – Race, Place and Migration in the UK
Lecture 12 – Empire and Imperialism
Lecture 13 – The UK in the world today
Lecture 14 – The UK state, borders and nationalism
Lecture 15 – Protest and privilege
Lecture 16 – Fieldwork briefing on “contested citizenship”
Fieldwork 3 (Political geographies)
Lecture 17 – New cultural geography: Landscape and Identity
Lecture 18 – Landscape: Nature and Society
Lecture 19 – Geohumanities: Landscape and Embodiment
Lecture 20 – Geographies of Performance
Lecture 21 – Fieldwork briefing on “land art”
Fieldwork 4 (Cultural geographies)
Lecture 22 – Revision Lecture

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

By the end of the course students will be able to:

•       Understand some of the key spatial variables in the UK economics, society, politics and culture;
•       Understand the range of geographical concepts and theories that have been used to analyse and describe these variations;
•       Understand the significance of geographical approaches to correcting and confronting inequality;
•       Be able to identify key areas of human geographical research at Newcastle University.

Intended Skill Outcomes

By the end of the course students will:

•       Have the skills to explain the nature of spatial variations in the human geography of the United Kingdom;
•       Have the ability to identify some of the causes behind these variations and their change over time;
•       Demonstrate an array of fieldwork techniques and forms of analysis;
•       Be able to evaluate the role and limitations of regional geographical approaches within the wider discipline of geography.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Essay 1a prep
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion122:0022:00Take home exam prep
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00Synchronous, in person with module staff
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Essay 1b prep
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork44:0016:00Synchronous, in person, student-led and staff coordinated activity
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1100:00100:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
GEO1016Human Geographies of the UK (Semester 1 for Exchange Students)
GEO1017Human Geographies 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.

The fieldwork in the form of student-led activity, coordinated by staff, offers an important first experience of fieldwork at this stage 1 level of the geography programme. This fieldwork will involve students having the opportunity to meet with staff in the field, undertake independent fieldwork, and undertake fieldwork virtually.

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 political geographies fieldwork will be largely based with student’s working online analysing secondary source materials. The cultural geographies trip involved virtual engagement with the Northumberlandia site.

It is important to recognise that the fieldwork activities may change in any given year based on logistical contingencies and the research and teaching interests of the staff involved.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination14402M5024 hour take-home exam. Answer 2 questions (up to 1000 words) - 1 from each of the political and cultural sections.
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
Human Geographies of the UK (Semester 2 for Exchange Students)2N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M25Essay 1a: Economic Geography 1000 words. Essay 1a and 1b have the same deadline but staggered start times to encourage ongoing work throughout semester 1.
Essay1M25Essay 1b: Social Geography 1000 words Essay 1a and 1b have the same deadline but staggered start times to encourage ongoing work throughout semester 1.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Written exercise 1a and 1b:
2 x 1000 word essays, one each based on the economic and social geographies section of the module. Each essay will reflect the content taught in the foundations block, and will help assess students ability to deal with core concepts and context. This component is to ensure that students meet sufficient knowledge and skills outcomes linked to semester 1 teaching as part of the module’s aims. Essay 1a and 1b have the same deadline but staggered start times to encourage ongoing work throughout semester 1.

Written examination:
24 hour take-home exam to answer 2 exam questions, answering one from each of the political and cultural sub-sections of the module (up to 1000 word answers each). This will be set as an end of module assessment and will test knowledge and skills from across the range of semester 2 module material under take home exam conditions.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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