Module Identifier GG12610  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Miss Kate Edwards  
Semester Semester 2  
Course delivery Lecture   20 Hours. 20 x 1 hr  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam1.5 Hours Exam  50%
Semester Assessment 1 assignment of 1,800 words maximum  50%
Supplementary Exam1.5 Hours Re-sit exam  50%
Supplementary Assessment  50%

Learning outcomes

On successful 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 awareness of an ability to engage with a range of information sources available to human geographers


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.


Section 1 (lectures 1 - 5): The history of human geography
Section 1 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 - 10): The practice of human geography
Section 2 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 the use of theory in human geographical analysis. Lectures will also consider the place and purpose of human geography and its role in informing policy and politics.

Section 3: (lectures 11 - 20): Contemporary debates in human geography
Section 3 introduces some contemporary concepts and debates in human geography. Lectures include examinations of; geographical understandings of place and space, contemporary processes of globalisation, the relationship between the state and society, postcolonial geographies and how non western understandings of geography and geographical issues might differ from those which dominate our universities.   

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Cloke, P., Crang, P. and Goodwin, M. (eds) (2005) Introducing Human Geographies 2nd edition. Arnold 034088276X
Rogers, A. and Viles, H (2002) The Student's Companion to Geography 2nd. Blackwell 058205107X
** Recommended Background
Holloway, L. and Hubbard, P. (2001) People and Place London: Pearson 0631221336
Unwin, T. (1992) The Place of Geography Longman


This module is at CQFW Level 4