Module Catalogue 2019/20

GEO1015 : Human Geographies of the UK

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Matt Jenkins
  • Lecturer: Dr Helen Jarvis, Professor Alison Stenning, Professor Rachel Woodward, Dr Matt Benwell, Dr Caleb Johnston, Dr Niall Cunningham
  • 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


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



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


Semester 1:
1.       Introduction: contemporary issues in Human Geography
2.       Patterns of uneven growth
3.       Geographies of industrial decline
4.       Geographies of business services and knowledge-based growth
5.       The changing economic geographies of Tyneside
6.       Semester 1: Assessment Briefing Session
7.       Patterns of inequality, deprivation and disadvantage
8.       Housing and community provision: past, present and future
9.       Inequalities at work, within and between households
10.       Geographies of austerity

Semester 2:
11.       Empire and imperialism: the history of the UK’s political geography
12.       The UK in the world today
13.       The UK state, borders and nationalism
14.       Everyday politics
15.       Geographies of performance
16.       Landscape as pattern, text and experience
17.       Reading and experiencing military landscapes
18.       Landscapes of memory and memorialisation
19.       Disrupting the sensible: art, city and everyday life
20.       Summary and Revision

Field trips:

Semester 1:
1.       Economic geographies fieldwork: industrial restructuring of the River Tyne
2.       Social geographies fieldwork: collections and representations of Tyneside

Semester 2:
3.       Political and Cultural Geographies fieldwork: A guided walk around the military sites and landscapes of Newcastle and Gateshead

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

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

•       Understand some of the key spatial variables in society, politics and economics in the UK;
•       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 evaluate the role and limitations of regional geographical approaches within the wider discipline of geography.

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 identify key areas of human geographical research at Newcastle University.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork161:0016:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1164:00164:00N/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.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A60Two questions from a list of 6 covering topics from across Semester 2 of the module (Cultural and Political Geography Sections)
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
GEO1017Human Geographies of the UK (Semester 2 for Exchange Students)2N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M201,000 words. Essay question based on semester 1 lecture material (from economic geographies).
Essay1M201,000 words. Essay question based on semester 1 lecture material (from social geographies).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Assessed Essay:
2 x 1,000 words; Semester 1; x2 20%; 2 essay questions based on the semester 1 lecture material (1 question from Part 1 – economic geographies; 1 question from Part 2 – social geographies)

Written Examination:
120 minutes; Semester 2; 60%; two questions from a list of six

The pairing of assessments to Semester 1 and Semester 2 content is designed to facilitate clarity of learning on the module.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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