Introducing Human Geographies
Run by School of Natural Sciences
20.000 Credits or 10.000 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 & 2
Organiser: Dr Eifiona Lane
Overall aims and purpose
This module provides an introduction to key theoretical debates and to the central areas of substantive interest within Human Geographies. Specifically the aims are to: 1. Develop understanding of the scope and definition of Human Geographies 2. Provide an overview of the key theoretical debates within Human Geographies 3. Introduce key concepts and processes relating to people¿s interactions with one another and the environments they inhabit e.g. resilience and sustainability
This module provides an introduction to Geographical thinking including some of following concepts: globalisation; space and place; people and the environment; urbanisation; identity and difference; population; migration; sustainability. Consideration is given of the broad and integrated relationship between people and place and their socio economic, political, cultural and natural environment.
- Much or most of the relevant information and skills accurately deployed
- Good/adequate grasp of theoretical/conceptual/practical elements
- Good/fair integration of theory/practice/information in pursuit of the assessed works' objectives.
- Evidence of the use of creative and reflective skills This translates to Average to High Standard Pass : C- to B+
- An outstanding performance, exceptionally able
- The relevant information accurately deployed
- Excellent grasp of theoretical/conceptual/practice elements
- Very good integration of theory/practice/information in pursuit of the assessed work's objectives.
- Strong evidence of the use of creative and reflective skills This translates to Excellent Standard Class One: A- to A*
- No major omissions or inaccuracies in the deployment of information / skills
- Some grasp of theoretical conceptual practical elements
- Integration of theory/practice/information present intermittently in pursuit of the assessed works' objectives. This translates to Satisfactory Standard Pass : D- to D+
Describe and evaluate the contribution of key theoretical perspectives of Human Geographies
Understand the scope and definition of Human Geographies
Assess the competing perspectives by which human geographers have explained key processes such as resilience and Sustainable Development relating to the interaction of people with the environment.
To critically apply the concepts and theoretical perspectives of Human Geographies to a range of real world examples.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
18 x 2 hour lectures
18 hour (Semester 1) and 19 hour (Semester 2) field visits
Private and guided self-study
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
Subject specific skills
- Recognize the moral, ethical and social issues relating to the subject.
- Develop and identify research question(s) and/or hypotheses as the basis for investigation.
- Conduct fieldwork and/or laboratory work competently with awareness of appropriate risk assessment and ethical considerations
- Consider issues from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives.
- Collect, analyse and interpret primary and/or secondary data using appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative techniques.
- Apply appropriate techniques for presenting spatial and/or temporal trends in data.
- Prepare effective maps, diagrams and visualizations.
- Undertake field and/or laboratory studies to ensure competence in basic experimental and/or fieldwork skills.
- Demonstrate awareness of the importance of risk assessment and relevant legislation
- Engagement with current subject developments and their application.
- Engage in debate and/or discussion with specialists and non-specialists using appropriate language.
- Demonstrate the independence and skills required for continuing professional development
Talis Reading listhttp://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/dxx-1004.html
Pre- and Co-requisite Modules
- DXX-2015: Geog F/work & Research Skills
- DXX-4104: Geographical Thought
- DXX-2007: People, Space & Identity
- DXX-3004: Sustainable Communities
- DXC-3003: Gwaith Maes: Barcelona
- DXX-3709: Using Geographic Data
- DXX-3003: Field Course: Barcelona
- DXX-3017: GoverningSociety & Environment
- DXX-3013: Critical Human Geographies
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- L700: BA Geography year 1 (BA/GEOG)
- L702: BA Geography (4 yr with placement) year 1 (BA/GEOG4)
- L701: BA Geography (with International Experience) year 1 (BA/GEOGIE)
- F800: BSC Geography year 1 (BSC/GEOG)
- F806: BSc Geography (4 yr with placement) year 1 (BSC/GEOG4)
- F802: BSc Geography (with International Experience) year 1 (BSC/GEOGIE)
- F801: MGeog Geography year 1 (MGEOG/G)
- F805: MGeog Geography with International Experience year 1 (MGEOG/GIE)
Optional in courses:
- M931: BA Criminology & Criminal Justice with International Exp year 1 (BA/CJIE)
- M930: BA Criminology & Criminal Justice year 1 (BA/CRIM)
- M93P: BA Criminology and Criminal Justice with Placement Year year 1 (BA/CRIMP)
- CL83: BA Sociology/Psychology year 1 (BA/PS)
- L300: BA Sociology year 1 (BA/S)
- L31B: BA Sociology (4 year with Incorporated Foundation) year 1 (BA/S1)
- 3L3Q: BA Sociology and English Literature year 1 (BA/SEL)
- L30F: BA Sociology [with Foundation Year] year 1 (BA/SF)
- LV31: BA Sociology/History year 1 (BA/SH)
- 8Y70: BA Sociology (with International Experience) year 1 (BA/SIE)
- L402: BA Social Policy year 1 (BA/SOCPOL)
- L40F: BA Social Policy [with Foundation Year] year 1 (BA/SOCPOLF)
- L30P: BA Sociology with Placement Year year 1 (BA/SOP)
- LVH2: BA Welsh History/Sociology year 1 (BA/WHS)
- LQ35: BA Cymraeg and Sociology year 1 (BA/WS)