Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Research Skills in Human Geography for Joint Honours/Majors
Academic Year
Semester 1
Registration for a JH/Major degree in Human Geography.
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 hours


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 3,000 word project essay addressing research techniques in human geography  100%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of failed project  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Outline the dominant conceptual frameworks in human geography and identify the relevant types of qualitative techniques that are associated with these.

Appreciate the advantages and limitations of a range of qualitative techniques in particular research settings.

Reflect upon the pragmatics of applying one particular technique in a research setting.

Brief description

This module is designed to develop the practical skills of students and equip them to undertake their own independent research project at the end of their second year. The module introduces students to research techniques in human geography, and is assessed via a project essay.


Research skills in Human Geography (5 classes over semester one). Contents to include: Research Frameworks; Historical and Archival Sources; Interviewing and Focus Groups; Transcribing Texts; Analyzing Texts.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Demonstrated via written and graphic modes of presentation.
Improving own Learning and Performance Independent reading.
Information Technology Competency in using the internet for sources of information, and word processing.
Personal Development and Career planning Many of the skills developed are transferable to non-academic contexts and students are made aware of this wider applicability.
Problem solving Demonstrated via choosing of relevant conceptual frameworks and associated techniques for particular research context.
Research skills Reading, thinking and writing skills demonstrated.
Subject Specific Skills The acquisition, analysis and presentation of geographic data.
Team work Team work and discussion will be involved in some lectures.

Reading List

Essential Reading
Clifford, N. J. and Valentine, G. (2010) Key Methods in Geography Sage: London Primo search Clifford, N.J. et al. (2009) Key concepts in Geography Sage: London Primo search Cloke, P. et al. (2004) Practising Human Geography. Sage: London Primo search Rogers, A. and Viles, H. (2003) The Student's Companion to Geography. Blackwell, Oxford Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5