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GEO1015 : Human Geographies of the UK

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s):
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module aims to help introduce students to the field of Human Geography by exploring and analysing the geographical nature of contemporary issues in the UK. GEO1015 challenges students to draw upon human geography’s rich and diverse theoretical base in order to recognise and understand the geographical sensibilities of some of today’s most pressing and topical economic, societal, cultural and political issues.

•       To introduce cutting edge research exploring the human geography of the United Kingdom;
•       To present the range of world-leading geographical scholarship undertaken at Newcastle University;
•       To enable students to develop critical insights into a range of historical and current geographical trends, shaping economics, politics, society and culture in the United Kingdom;
•       To explore the skills required to trace uneven geographical processes;
•       To cultivate a sense of wonder and curiosity at the varied approaches to human geography.
•       To develop an ability to undertaken meaningful fieldwork and connect to the broader learning aims and objectives of the taught materials.

Outline Of Syllabus

Lecture 1 – Introduction
Lecture 2 – Uneven development
Lecture 3 – Geographies of deindustrialisation
Lecture 4 – Geographies of knowledge intensive industries
Lecture 5 – The changing geographies of Tyneside
Lecture 6 – Fieldwork briefing on “Quayside and Ouseburn Valley”
Fieldwork 1 (Economic geographies)
Buffer/Enrichment Week
Lecture 7 – Social justice and geographies of responsibility
Lecture 8 – Gender, sexuality and place
Lecture 9 – Racism and Islamophobia
Lecture 10 – Race, Place and Migration in the UK
Lecture 11 – Fieldwork Briefing on “unequal play”
Fieldwork 2 (Social geographies)
Lecture 12 – Empire and Imperialism
Lecture 13 – The UK in the world today
Lecture 14 – The UK state, borders and nationalism
Lecture 15 – Protest and privilege
Lecture 16 – Fieldwork briefing on “contested citizenship”
Fieldwork 3 (Political geographies)
Lecture 17 – New cultural geography: Landscape and Identity
Lecture 18 – Landscape: Nature and Society
Lecture 19 – Geohumanities: Landscape and Embodiment
Lecture 20 – Geographies of Performance
Lecture 21 – Fieldwork briefing on “land art”
Fieldwork 4 (Cultural geographies)
Lecture 22 – Revision Lecture

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00Synchronous, in person with module staff
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork44:0016:00Synchronous, in person, student-led small group activity
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1162:00162:00Including: independent study; directed research and reading; assessment preparation and completion
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module is taught through a mixture of lectures and fieldwork in order to meet the learning outcomes.

The fieldwork in the form of student-led small group activity offers an important first experience of fieldwork at this stage 1 level of the geography programme. This fieldwork will involve students working in small groups or self-directed and will include briefings on physical distancing measures as well as all other aspects of health and safety which have been heightened since the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is expected that students will complete this work around Newcastle upon Tyne. The economic and social geographies trips will be based around the city’s Quayside and Ouseburn Valley. The political geographies fieldwork will be largely based with student’s working online analysing secondary source materials. The cultural geographies trip involved virtual engagement with the Northumberlandia site. The worksheets completed as part of these fieldwork activities each account for 10% of the module assessment.

It is important to note that the fieldwork material will be easily adapted for students who do not travel to Newcastle for reasons of shielding or have other medical constraints on their mobility. These fieldtrips successfully ran as virtual events in academic year 2020-2021 and hybrid activities in 2021-2022.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination992M5024 hour take-home exam. Answer 2 questions (up to 1000 words) - 1 from each of the political and cultural sections.
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
GEO1017Human Geographies of the UK (Semester 2 for Exchange Students)2N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M25Essay: Economic Geography 1000 words.
Essay1M25Essay: Social Geography 1000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Written exercise 1a and 1b:
2 x 1000 word essays, one each based on the economic and social geographies section of the module. Each essay will reflect the content taught in the foundations block, and will help assess students ability to deal with core concepts and context. This component is to ensure that students meet sufficient knowledge and skills outcomes linked to semester 1 teaching as part of the module’s aims.

Written examination:
24 hour take-home exam to answer 2 exam questions, answering one from each of the political and cultural sub-sections of the module (up to 1000 word answers each). This will be set as an end of module assessment and will test knowledge and skills from across the range of semester 2 module material under take home exam conditions.

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