Module Catalogue 2024/25

GEO2232 : City of Crisis, City of Hope: Amsterdam field course (Inactive)

GEO2232 : City of Crisis, City of Hope: Amsterdam field course (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Caleb Johnston
  • Lecturer: Professor Jen Bagelman
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
  • Capacity limit: 35 student places

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

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
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

Code Title
GEO2043Key Methods for Human Geographers
Co Requisite Comment

GEO2043 provides the methodological training that will be applied during fieldwork and group project work.


This module intends to:

To introduce field techniques in human geography.

To move from the theoretical into the everyday.

To develop skills in analysis, interpretation, and creative methods.

To take inspiration from case studies in which people are responding pressing societal issues.

Provide an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in a number of ways.

Outline Of Syllabus

There will be 4 introductory lectures and workshops at the beginning of term 2.

The field course will aim to take place during the Easter vacation.

Day 0 Travel to Amsterdam
Day 1 Arrival and orientation
Day 2 Community meeting 1, Group project work
Day 3 Community meeting 2
Day 4 Group project work
Day 5 Community meeting 3, Group project work
Day 6 Group project work, presentation
Day 7 Departure

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

The course will provide opportunity to:

Gain understanding of the relationship between crisis and sites of action and innovation.

Hone research skills through experiential education.

Develop media literacy and know how.

Engage methodological experimentation.

Learn from and collaborate with colleagues.

Develop written skills in essay.

Have fun.

Intended Skill Outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

Work independently.

Plan and collaborate with colleagues in group projects.

Apply concepts.

Connect and analyse qualitative research materials.

Develop new media literacy and skill in a creative geographical method.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion201:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading201:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops42:008:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork58:0040:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1101:00110:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The course intends to provide students with grounding in the spatial, social, historical and methodological issues shaping contemporary Amsterdam. Issues covered may include introduction to the ways in which predictions of crises are driving new innovation and social action on pressing societal issues. The course intends to introduce pre-set readings (and other media) which aim to help students develop their analytic and critical skills. The fieldtrip hopes to revolve around 2 central activities: 1) ‘community encounters’ with different innovators, activists and organisations in Amsterdam, and 2) students’ independent group work organised around a central issue.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M40This is a 1250-word essay to be completed on selected theme and written prior to field trip.
Design/Creative proj2M60This is an audio documentary created as group project (10-15 minutes).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Assessments aim to enable students to work and think critically and independently. Group research projects ask students to share and develop ideas with their colleagues and to co-operate to design and carry out field work in Amsterdam. The group project work also asks students to develop and demonstrate new digital skills (a podcast or soundscape) which will not be assessed for its technical competence but for its content, its use and integration of existing qualitative skills (i.e. interviews), and understanding of the issue selected for exploration. Written essay require students to develop their own ideas and arguments, putting concepts into practice, find and use relevant literature, and to develop and hone their own writing skills.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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