Module Information

Module Identifier
GGM1120
Module Title
Advanced Research in Human Geography
Academic Year
2017/2018
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 2
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 11 x 2 Hour Seminars
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Written essay  2000-word critical comparative essay on emerging research in Human Geography based on two external seminars.   30%
Semester Assessment Written essay  2500-word preparatory essay on the role, status and purpose of theory within Human Geography   35%
Semester Assessment Written composition  2500-word reflexive journal on the Theory School   35%
Supplementary Assessment Written essay  2000-word critical comparative essay on emerging research in Human Geography based on two external seminars.   30%
Supplementary Assessment Written essay  2500-word preparatory essay on the role, status and purpose of theory within Human Geography   35%
Supplementary Assessment Written composition  2500-word reflexive journal on the Theory School   35%

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the concepts explored in the module, their interconnections, and how these concepts have been developed in Human Geography and related disciplines.

2. Discuss and evaluate the deployment of these concepts in Geographical and related literatures.

3. Articulate and justify an individual critical perspective in relation to debates on key themes and theoretical developments in Human Geography.

4. Construct a clear argument in written form that engages with contemporary theoretical debates in human geography.

Brief description

This module shares a title and runs in parallel with GEGM16 Advanced Research in Human Geography at Swansea and Advanced Research in Human Geography at Cardiff.

The module explores the ways contemporary theoretical and epistemological debates in the social sciences inform research in Human Geography and aims to develop students’ understandings of the distinctive contribution of Geographical knowledges to these debates. Students engage with the active Human Geography research community within the ESRC-DTP enhancing their ability to reflect critically on their own research practice.

The module provides students with the means to critically evaluate different conceptual approaches, to select theoretically informed perspectives for their research, and to position their work within broader debates.

Content

The module comprises three distinct elements: the first is a series of 5 two-hour seminars based at DGES which function to prepare students for the second, a residential Theory School.

The third element of Advanced Research in Human Geography comprises participation in and critical comparative reflection and evaluation of two presentations from the DGES seminar series Dialogues in Human Geography, followed by two staff-led ‘de-briefing’ seminars to discuss the papers.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Written communication skills developed through written assignments, organization, discussion, and developing an argument. Writing with clarity, referencing, demonstrating an ability to integrate and synthesize diverse literatures and forms of evidence. Debating skills with respect to complex arguments
Improving own Learning and Performance Interim formative feedback throughout module during reading group sessions and self-assessment.
Information Technology Writing essays using word processing software; conducting electronic research through academic reading using on-line journal sources. Accessing electronic feedback through turn-it-in submission software.
Personal Development and Career planning Students will gain an appreciation of their own skills and interests in relation to other student and staff expertise.
Problem solving Essay writing and critical engagement with complex arguments throughout.
Research skills Critical analysis and evaluation of diverse theories and concepts. Literature search and review skills
Subject Specific Skills Critical thinking, scholarly analysis and creative reasoning
Team work Seminars and Theory School involving group discussion working across and within institutions.

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 7