|Module Title||THEORY AND PRACTICE IN GEOGRAPHY|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Robert J Mayhew|
|Other staff||Dr Deborah P Dixon, Dr Tony Jones, Dr Sarah G Cant, Mr Gareth C Hoskins|
|Pre-Requisite||Acceptance to a Single or Joint Honours degree programme in Geography|
|Co-Requisite||Other core modules for Single or Joint Honours Geographers|
|Course delivery||Lecture||12 Hours 6 x 2 hours|
|Seminars / Tutorials||8 Hours 4 x 2 hours|
|Practical||8 Hours 4 x 2 hours|
a) describe the historical, philosophical and methodological development of the discipline of Geography from a number of key perspectives
b) evaluate the appropriateness of different conceptual and methodological approaches for undertaking research in Geography.
Lectures 1-5, discuss the intellectual heritage of Geography as a discipline prior to 1950 and is followed by all students.
Lectures 6-10, develop two parallel streams of intellectual development in the subject - as a natural science and as a social science. B.Sc students follow a series of laboratory-based case studies which examine themes such as 'position fixing', the 'analysis of extreme events' and methodologiesfor field enquiries in physical geography: while B.A. students undertake a lecture and seminar programme examining the theoretical and methodological development of human geography from positivist spatial science to recent post-positivist perspectives.
Lecture 11, unites the year group in an exploration of the continuing engagement of geographers with the themes of sustainability and policy relevant research.
This module is at CQFW Level 5