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Module

GEO1010 : Interconnected World

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Robert Shaw
  • Lecturer: Dr Kathryn Manzo, Dr Craig Jones, Professor Rachel Pain, Dr Astrid Wood, Dr Kean Fan Lim, Dr Wen Lin, Professor Nick Megoran, Dr Raksha Pande
  • 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
To introduce core concepts for thinking about global and local life
To provide an understanding of the complex interconnections underpinning everyday life across the globe.

Outline Of Syllabus

5 blocks introducing students to key areas of geographical research. Each block after the Foundations has 5 lectures + 1 seminar
FOUNDATIONS
Introduction: Why Geography Matters
Interconnected World Workshop
The Local and the Global
Globalization, A History From Above
Globalization, A History From Below

Foundations Seminar: A Global Sense of Place

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

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

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

SOCIAL GEOGRAPHIES: SELF AND COMMUNITY IN AN INTERCONNETED WORLD
Fragmenting Societies Living with Difference
Emotional Geographies
China and a World of Cities: Urban social geographies
Encounters and Public Space
Social Seminar: TBD

RESUME
Revision

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion315:0045:003 assessed essays
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture251:0025:00Present-in-Person Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion23:006:00Preparing and completing online multiple choice tests
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00TA taught
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities251:3037:30’Consolidation reading’ per lecture
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops13:003:00Whole class, split between 2 hours in classroom and 1 hour fieldwork
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study178:3078:30N/A
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
GEO1100Interconnected World: Economic, Social and Political Geographies - Semester 2
GEO1102Interconnected World: Foundations of Human and Development Geographies Semester 1
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide the core material in the course.
Small group teaching 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

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A50An In-Person exam in semester 2 assessment period
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M401,500 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
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay will reflect the content taught in the foundations block, and will help assess students ability to deal with core concepts and context
The exam draws together content from the whole module, meaning that students are required to study and synthesize material from across the module as a whole, rather than only focusing on certain blocks
The two multiple choice tests, based on questions that students create in groups in small-group teaching. While 2 short assessments, the core teaching here is to help students connect learning to assessment in first year

Reading Lists

Timetable