Module Identifier GG12610  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Robert J Mayhew  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Miss Catherine L Edwards  
Course delivery Lecture   20 Hours 20 x 1 hr  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment to be submitted individulally by specified deadlines spread throught the semester. Standard IGES policy on th late submission of work applies to all exercises.  100%
Supplementary Assessment requires the re-submission of specified failed elements.  100%

Learning outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of significant events, figures and contributions in the history of Human Geography
  2. Summarise and critique the key points in contemporary debates in Human Geography
  3. Position topics studied in other Human Geography modules in the wider context of the discipline
  4. Demonstrate an ability to use and engage with a range of information sources

Brief description

This module aims to provide BA Geography students with a context for their study of human geography through an introduction to the history and practice of the discipline, and to key contemporary debates within it.

Section 1 (lectures 1-5) introduces the course and examines: the conception of human geography, geographical description, and geographical explanation - in the era from Columbus's discovery of the Americas in 1492 to the birth of "Modern" human geography c. 1900.

Section 2 (lectures 6-8) introduces the ways in which contemporary human geographers observe, describe and explain geographical phenomena. Lectures will include discussion and illustration of the practice of geographical research and of the use of theory in human geographical analysis.

Section 3 (lectures 9-15) looks at contemporary concepts and debates about the place and purpose of human geography, including issues of policy, morality and political engagement in geography and examines non-Western traditions and discourses of geography.

Section 4 (lectures 16-20) situates human geography with respect to the humanities and the social sciences and discusses possible future trends in human geography.


This module aims to provide students with a context for their study of Human Geography through an introduction to the history, practice and key contemporary debates of the discipline.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Cloke, P., Crang, P. and Goodwin, M. (eds) (1999) Introducing Human Geographies Arnold ISBN 034069193X
Holloway, L. and Hubbard, P. (2001) People and Place London: Pearson ISBN 0631221336
Rogers, A. and Viles, H (2002) The Student's Companion to Geography 2nd. Blackwell ISBN 058205107X
Unwin, T. (1992) The Place of Geography Longman


This module is at CQFW Level 4