Module Catalogue 2020/21

GEO3145 : Humanitarianism: Representation, Intervention and Rescue (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Kathryn Manzo
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Code Title
GEO2047Political Geography
GEO2103Development & Globalisation
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



This module aims to explore the cultural geographies and geopolitical practices associated with humanitarian representation, intervention and rescue. Furthermore, it aims to broaden the geographic scope of undergraduate teaching to include maritime as well as territorial and aerial geographies. This will be done through investigation of practices of humanitarian rescue at sea, specifically Mediterranean rescue of migrants.

Outline Of Syllabus

1.       Introduction
2.       Lecture + reading discussion
3.       Lecture +reading discussion; seminar
4.       Lecture + reading discussion; assessment workshop
5.       Lecture + reading discussion; seminar
6.       Documentary + discussion
7.       Lecture + reading discussion
8.       Documentary + discussion; seminar
9.       Assessment workshop
10.       Group presentations; assessment workshop
11.       Group presentations
12.       Exam preparation and revision

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Knowledge: a) to understand the cultural geographies and geopolitical practices associated with humanitarian representation, intervention and rescue; b) to understand the maritime as well as territorial geographies through which humanitarianism operates; c) to understand contemporary debates about humanitarianism in UK and other media.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Skills: a) ability to conduct independent research and visual analysis as part of a team; b) ability to collect, interpret and report the results of that research and analysis; c) ability to contribute to, and learn from, teamwork.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1164:00164:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture71:007:00Discussion
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture81:008:00Last revision lecture is 2 hours, others are one
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical14:004:00Group presentations
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching22:305:00Film screening + discussion seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching62:0012:00Workshops
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide a foundation of knowledge which is then further developed through required reading, discussion, seminars, workshops and team work. Part of the syllabus is also devoted to formative assessment, i.e. assessment workshops that provide oral feedback on students’ work in progress.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A75Take Home Exam: 2 questions from 6 (1500 words). 6 days to complete.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1M25Group presentation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Exam tests knowledge while group presentation tests both knowledge and skills.

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 2020/21 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 2021/22 entry will be published here in early-April 2021. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.