Module Identifier GG27310  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Luke C Desforges  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Professor Martin R Jones, Dr Mark J Whitehead, Dr Sarah G Cant  
Pre-Requisite GG10210 , GG10720 , GG10110 , DA10210  
Mutually Exclusive GG21710  
Course delivery Lecture   16 Hours 8 x 2 hrs  
  Other   2 Hours Workshop. 2 x 1 hr  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: Students will be required to submit two out of four assignments on the following topics by the dates indicated by module coordinators: Historical documents, Contemporary Texts, Interviewing, Participant Observation. These two assignments carry equal weighting: each is worth 50% of the total mark. 
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit missing assignments or assignments <40% as specified by Module Co-ordinator by 1st day of August Supplementary Examination period. 

Learning outcomes

The key questions addressed by the module are:

By the end of the module students wll be familiar with the differences between qualitative techniques in human geography at an epistemological, analytical and practical level.


This module provides students with a theoretical and practical knowledge of the methodological techniques which are used to produce knowledge in human geography. It provides skills which will be used by students in the field, and in particular for their dissertation project.


Workshop 1: Historical Sources.
Workshop 2: Textual Sources.
Workshop 3: Interviewing.
Workshop 4: Participant Observation.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Flowerdew, R. and Martin, D (1997) Methods in Human Geography: a guide for students doing a research project Longman, Harlow
Kitchin, R. and Tate, N (2000) Conducting Research in Human Geography: Theory, Methodology and Practice Longman, Harlow.


This module is at CQFW Level 5