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GEO8017 : Human Geography: Concepts in Action

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Alastair Bonnett
  • Lecturer: Dr Soudeh Ghaffari, Dr Astrid Wood, Dr Ingrid A. Medby, Dr Josep Almudever Chanza, Dr Michael Richardson, Dr Wen Lin, Professor Andy Pike, Professor Danny MacKinnon, Dr Niall Cunningham, Dr Kean Fan Lim, Dr Kathryn Manzo, Dr Emma Ormerod, Dr Jessa Loomis, Dr Matthew Richmond
  • 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


• To illustrate a variety of key concepts and themes of study within human geography
• To highlight the diversity of cross-cutting analytical approaches applicable to key concepts and themes within human geography
• To introduce students to the research specialisms and culture of human geography at Newcastle University
• To highlight the relevance of human geography, and the roles of the geographer, through the examination of concepts and their application in research.

Concepts covered usually include space and place, population representation, environment, labour, capital, modernities, identity and landscape. Thematic approaches include social geographies, cultural geographies and economic geographies. Each concept or theme is introduced through a lecture where the concept and its application in research is discussed, and guidance is given on further reading. A seminar then follows, which is student-led in that it is structured around student discussions of key readings, with staff input as appropriate.

Assessment for this module is through a student presentation in Semester 1 on a chosen concept, and in Semester 2 an extended essay.

Outline Of Syllabus

Semester 1

1. Introduction to the module - The Importance of Concepts in Human Geography Research: lecture
2. Lecture and seminar
3. Lecture and seminar
4. Lecture and seminar
5. Lecture and seminar
6. Lecture and seminar
7. Assessed presentation

Semester 2

1. Lecture and seminar
2. Lecture and seminar
3. Lecture and seminar
4. Lecture and seminar
5. Lecture and seminar
6. Lecture and seminar
7. Lecture and seminar

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture191:0019:00Present in Person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching182:0036:00Present in Person
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1145:00145:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures give an overview of the application of a specific concept and how the individual lecturer has put it into action through his or her own research. The seminars are all-group discussions, based around readings, of the application of a specific concept to practical research.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation151A25Assessed presentation on a geographical concept. To be scheduled by School.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M75An extended essay (3,500 words) on a geographical concept in action
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The oral presentation assesses oral communication skills.

The written assessment assesses written communication skills.

Both assess the student’s ability to apply a geographical concept to a abstract or applied piece of empirical research.

Reading Lists