KE3003 - Post Industrial Landscapes of the North East

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What will I learn on this module?

Over the last four decades, the North East of England has experienced a series of profound changes across its economic, social, cultural and political landscapes. This module examines some of the key elements of this reinvention of the North East in the context of an increasingly global economy. Key themes include: uneven geographies of deindustrialisation and crisis; urban-rural contrasts; the North East’s new service economy; gender and class shifts in employment and unemployment; migrant labour; place-based competition; creative and cultural industries and new forms of urban regeneration. These various dimensions of North East’s contemporary reinvention will be discussed in the wider context of changing philosophies and instruments of government policy intervention. The module will be delivered through a mix of lectures, seminars and field teaching.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, seminars, field visits, independent learning and directed tasks (such as following up on specific readings recommended in lectures). The lectures will cover key issues, case study material, and exemplars. Directed and independent learning tasks will be set each week to allow you to explore the module material in your own way. A range of media and learning enhancement strategies (e.g. video and audio clips, quizzes, role play etc) will be incorporated into lectures to facilitate and enhance your learning experience.

Students will build a portfolio of work examining the changing North East built from blogging exercises which represent a formative mode of assessment to allow students to track their progress.

At the end of the module you will be assessed by an examination in which you are offered the opportunity to produce an essay related to one of the topics you have explored on the module. This form of examination is designed to encourage you to research, in detail, a selected topic from the module and produce a well-developed account of the subject supported by appropriate evidence in the form of an essay.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Support with from tutors, and one-to-one sessions (via the Department’s open door policy). In addition, tutors will use the module’s discussion board at the University’s eLearning Portal respond to questions via the so that the whole group can benefit. Time will be set aside in lectures to provide opportunities for Q&A on assignments and formative feedback.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• Recognise the spatial dimensions of major economic, social and political changes that have reshaped the North East landscape over the last three decades and the way in which these changing patterns help create new geographical divisions and inequalities.
• Recognise the ways that policy makers, institutions and other agencies respond to major economic, social and political change through regeneration programmes and other initiatives.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• Appreciate the value of a geographical perspective in understanding and interpreting economic, social and political change in the North East region.
• Undertake effective field work through critical observation, research and investigation, and
interaction with experts and practitioners
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• Work individually and in collaboration with others.

How will I be assessed?

There are three main elements of assessment for this module.

Throughout the module, working small groups, students will produce multimedia blogposts based on the themes of the fieldtrips. This work will be formatively assessed by staff with participation in the blogging exercise accounting of 10% of the module mark (K&U 1 & 2, I/PS&A 2, PVA 1)

These groups of students will produce portfolios based on their blogs (30%) setting the fieldwork in the context of academic themes. (K&U 1, 2, I/PS&A 1 & 2, PVA 1)


At the end of semester there will be a 2-hour examination (60%) in which you will choose to write an essay on one of the themes covered in the lectures/seminars and fieldtrips. (K&U 1 & 2, I/PS&A 1)

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

Over the last four decades, the North East of England has experienced a series of profound changes across its economic, social, cultural and political landscapes. This module examines some of the key elements of this reinvention of the North East in the context of an increasingly global economy. Key themes include: uneven geographies of deindustrialisation and crisis; urban-rural contrasts; the North East’s new service economy; gender and class shifts in employment and unemployment; migrant labour; place-based competition; creative and cultural industries and new forms of urban regeneration. The module will be delivered through a mix of lectures, seminars and field teaching. It is assessed by a blog and a written examination. Your learning will be further supported and enhanced through engagement with a range of interactive online resources available via the module eLP site.

Course info

UCAS Code F920

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time study or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Location Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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