Field Course: Barcelona
Run by School of Natural Sciences
20.000 Credits or 10.000 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Dr Eifiona Lane
Overall aims and purpose
- To introduce and develop knowledge base of the physical, economic and cultural resources, geography, history of the city of Barcelona and the autonomous region of Catalonia Spain;
- To develop competence in applying, investigative and analytical methodologies to a non-British, European situation, and to adopting appropriate investigative strategies and tolerances in relation to cultural, political and linguistic differences;
- To develop critical knowledge and understanding of issues and practice in regional development in the context of Barcelona as a regional capital and Catalonia as an autonomous region within the European contexts;
- To further critical knowledge and understanding of issues, resources, policy and practice in relation to planning, business,heritage and nature conservation, sustainable tourism, culture and language in Barcelona and Catalonia. Specific themes will be selected and will be introduced by the staff.
- To apply and further study skills and competence in investigating and gathering data in a new place based and geographical setting, collating , analysing, interpreting and evaluating that date and presenting findings in a range of coherent forms – the planning presentation , extended research essay, and short tasks .
This single semester, 20-credit module at Level Six (third UG year) includes the following elements and is assessed 100% by coursework: -
• Five day field course studying the Autonomous Region of Catalonia and its capital city of Barcelona. A detailed itinerary is provided in the field visit handbook for the group which includes a period of individual research
• A series of one-hour staff lead preparatory seminars, Wks1-5. These are compulsory .
• Directed investigative and analytical research task to inform a 10 minute formal power-point presentation for week 5. This will be undertaken individually with each person tackling a set theme of choice relevant as background research for the study tour.
• During your field week you will gather material/observations to inform your choice of research report. You will be required to submit an individually written, evaluative and analytical report by the end of the semester
Grade A- and above
1] An outstanding performance, exceptionally able
2] The relevant information accurately deployed
3] Excellent grasp of theoretical/conceptual/ information in pursuit of the assessed work’s objectives.
4] Strong evidence of the use of creative and reflective skills.
Grade D- to D+ 1] No major omissions or inaccuracies in the deployment of information / skills 2] Some grasp of theoretical conceptual practical elements 3] Integration of theory/practice/information present intermittently in pursuit of the assessed work’s objectives.
Grade C- to B+ 1] Much or most of the relevant information and skills accurately deployed 2] Good /adequate grasp of theoretical/conceptual/practical elements 3] Good / fair integration of theory /practice/information in pursuit of the assessed works’ objectives 4] Evidence of the use of creative and reflective skills.
To develop knowledge and understanding of a range of geographical issues as exemplified in Barcelona and Catalonia.
To develop skills and competence in collating, analysing, interpreting, evaluating and reporting individual research in a new geographical setting.
Competences in presenting research findings and conclusions in both an essay and short report format.
Ability to plan and execute a clear and well-structured individual PowerPoint presentation.
Carrying out a simple and informal peer review process.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
5 day field work (8 hours per day)
Private and self-guided study
4* 1 hour preparatory weekly workshops up until week 5.
- 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.
- Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
- 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
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
Resource implications for students
Talis Reading listhttp://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/dxx-3003.html
Pre- and Co-requisite Modules
Courses including this module
Optional in courses:
- L700: BA Geography year 3 (BA/GEOG)
- L702: BA Geography (4 yr with placement) year 4 (BA/GEOG4)
- L701: BA Geography (with International Experience) year 4 (BA/GEOGIE)
- F800: BSC Geography year 3 (BSC/GEOG)
- F806: BSc Geography (4 yr with placement) year 4 (BSC/GEOG4)
- F802: BSc Geography (with International Experience) year 4 (BSC/GEOGIE)
- F801: MGeog Geography year 3 (MGEOG/G)
- F805: MGeog Geography with International Experience year 4 (MGEOG/GIE)