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Module

GEO1010 : Interconnected World

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Robert Shaw
  • Lecturer: Dr Kean Fan Lim, Dr Wen Lin, Professor Nick Megoran, Dr Mark Griffiths, Dr Kathryn Manzo, Dr Craig Jones, Professor Rachel Pain, Dr Jessa Loomis
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To introduce and provide a foundation for the study of human geography.
To outline the practice of human geography at University level connecting it with other first year geography courses especially Geographical Imaginations.
To provide an understanding of the complex interconnections underpinning everyday work and life across the globe.

Outline Of Syllabus

5 blocks introducing students to key areas of geographical research. Each block after the Foundations has 4 lectures + 1 online interactive session

FOUNDATIONS
Introduction: Why Geography Matters
The Local and the Global
Globalization, A History From Above
Globalization, A History From Below
Interconnected World Workshop (two parts, online interactive)

ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHIES: PRODUCTION, EXCHANGE AND INTERRELATIONS
The Geography of the Economy
The Global Production System
Finance: Money makes the world go round
Consumption Geographies
The Economy of Global Cities

POLITICAL GEOGRAPHIES: CONNECTIONS AND DISPLACEMENT IN A CHANGING WORLD
Intro: Territoriality and the World Map
The State
Geopolitics
Migration
Citizenship

DEVELOPMENT GEOGRAPHIES: POVERTY, WEALTH AND POWER
Poverty and the development agenda
Institutions of Development
Climate Change and Development
Gender, Development & Environment (2 lectures)

SOCIAL GEOGRAPHIES: SELF AND COMMUNITY IN AN INTERCONNETED WORLD
Fragmenting Societies
Living with Difference
Emotional Geogrpahies Urban social geographies
Encounters and Public Space

RESUME
Revision

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials221:0022:00Recorded online lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion23:006:00Preparing and completing online multiple choice tests
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion215:0030:002 assessed essays
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00TA taught, groups of 32 (time-tabled, synchronous, in-person)
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities121:0012:003 structured reading activities per main block
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops21:002:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study13:003:00Independent fieldwork for workshop
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1113:00113:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time41:004:00Interactive lectures, half class size (~120 students) with TA support
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time41:004:00TA taught, groups of 16
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide the core material in the course.
Online lectures used to introduce themes and tasks that are then developed in in-person seminars, and these feed into essay questions
Online small group seminars centered on task in which group produces a multiple choice question on theme. Each seminar group feeds a question back to the module leader, which goes into assessment.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M301,200 words
Prof skill assessmnt1M5Multi-choice via Canvas, questions designed by students in on-line seminars, set in Week 9, Semester 1
Prof skill assessmnt2M5Multi-choice via Canvas, questions designed by students in on-line seminars, set in Week 18, Semester 2
Essay2M602,400 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The first essay will reflect the content taught in the foundations block, and will help assess students ability to deal with core concepts and context
The second essay will build on the 4 in-person seminars, with each student answering 2 of 4 questions (1 per block)
The two computer assessments are short multiple choice tests, based on questions that students create in groups in online small-person teaching. While 2 short assessments, the core teaching here is to help students connect learning to assessment in first year

Reading Lists

Timetable