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Module

GEO1015 : Human Geographies of the UK

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Michael Richardson
  • Lecturer: Dr James Riding, Professor Andy Pike, Dr Stuart Dawley, Professor Helen Jarvis, Dr Matt Benwell, Dr Niall Cunningham
  • 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

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

Lectures and Fieldwork

1 – Introduction

Economic Geographies
2 – Uneven development
3 – Geographies of deindustrialisation
4 – Geographies of knowledge-intensive industries and services
5 – The changing geographies of Tyneside
6 – Assessment and Fieldwork Briefing

Economic Geographies Fieldwork:
“Quayside and Ouseburn Valley” Lecture + field work instructions + student-led group activity

Social Geographies
7 – Patterns of inequality, deprivation and disadvantage
8 – Housing and community provision
9 – Inequalities at work
10 – Race, Place and Migration in the UK

Social Geographies Fieldwork:
“Equal Play” Lecture + field work instructions + student-led group activity

Political Geographies
11 – Empire and imperialism
12 – The UK in the world today
13 – The UK state, borders and nationalism
14 – Protest and Privilege

Political Geographies Fieldwork:
“#GlobalBritain” Lecture + field work instructions + student-led group activity

Group workshop 1 – Brexit as politicising the contemporary human geographies of the UK

Cultural Geographies
15 – Understanding military landscapes
16 – Contemporary cultures of memorialisation
17 – Geographies of nostalgia
18 – Decolonising the curriculum

Cultural Geographies Fieldwork:
“Freedom City” Lecture + field work instructions + student-led group activity

Group workshop 2 – Understanding contemporary British culture through Black Lives Matter

19 – Revision Briefing

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 materials191:0019:00Asynchronous, pre-recorded, online
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities41:004:00Asynchronous, ongoing online discussion forum with ML following each of the 4 sections of the module
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops21:002:00Synchronous, in person and led by PGTAs
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork44:0016:00Synchronous, in person, student-led small group activity
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00Synchronous, online with module leader
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1155:00155:00Including: independent study; directed research and reading; assessment preparation and completion
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
GEO1016Human Geographies of the UK (Semester 1 for Exchange Students)
GEO1017Human Geographies of the UK (Semester 2 for Exchange Students)
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 of no more than 6 and will be briefed 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 trip will be largely based with student’s working online analysing secondary source materials. The cultural geographies trip will focus on the university campus and the city centre. These locations are easy walking distance from most student accommodation. The worksheets completed as part of these fieldwork activities will 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.

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

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
Essay1M402 x 1,000 words. 2 essay questions based on semester 1 lecture material (1 from Economic Geographies and 1 from Social Geographies
Essay2M502 x 1,000 words. 2 essay questions based on semester 2 lecture material (1 from Political Geographies and 1 from Cultural Geographie
Written exercise2M104 x worksheets based on Economic, Social, Cultural and Political Geographies field work
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Assessed Essays:
2 x 1,000 words in Semester 1 (40%) and 2 x 1,000 words in Semester 2 (50%) with the increased percentage value reflecting ongoing student development, increased knowledge and skills as well as drawing on feedback between assessments.

Written exercise:
4 x worksheets based on fieldwork in both semesters (10%). This component is to ensure that students complete scheduled field work and meet sufficient knowledge and skills outcomes as part of the module’s aims. Fieldwork is a key aspect of this module and increases student capacity to understand the Human Geographies of the UK.

Reading Lists

Timetable