KE3001 - Environmental Geography

What will I learn on this module?

You will develop a broad appreciation of a range of complex environmental problems and with experience of hands-on fieldwork coupled with teaching from staff members involved in cutting-edge research in geography. Selected topics will be further developed through the application of a range of quantitative and qualitative methods as part of fieldwork activities to put theoretical learning into practice. The module provides you with a basic introduction to the scientific and social processes underpinning both local, as well as global environmental problems. On completion of the module, your ability to link theory and application, with an informed concern about sustainable development in an urban context will serve to enhance your future employment prospects.

How will I learn on this module?

In this module, you will learn through lectures, guided reading, and field visits. In addition to timetabled sessions, your independent study will be guided and supported through your engagement with a range of resources accessible on-line via the module eLP site, including an electronic reading list. Lectures will be used to introduce key issues and concepts across the range of topics covered on the module, and active participation in field visits will enable you to consolidate the links between theory, practice and application.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Throughout the module you will engage in small group activities during which you will benefit from peer interaction and support from the teaching staff. In field tasks, for example, you will interact closely with teaching staff who will provide formative support and feedback on activities leading up to the assessment task. Each topic will be further supported by on-line resources available via the module eLP site. These resources include an interactive reading list with on-line access to a number of key books and journal articles and aligned with your lecture programme.

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:
• MLO 1: Describe a range of contemporary concerns in relation to environmental issues.
• MLO 2: Examine a range of economic, social and/or political processes pertinent to environmental geography

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• MLO 3: Demonstrate ability to synthesise a range of literature sources.
• MLO 4: Demonstrate basic field skills through data collection and analysis.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• MLO 5: Develop an informed concern about sustainable development

How will I be assessed?

The assessment tasks for this module consists of a multiple choice test (100% weighting).

Formative feedback will be provided during the fieldtrip, during in class discussions, Blackboard discussion forums. In addition, a mock test to help with MCQ test preparation.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

Environmental geography explores aspects of interactions between humans and the natural world, and the aim of this module is to introduce you to some of the key environmental/geographical issues that face the planet today. You will explore a range of contemporary issues covering aspects that span the natural and human environment. You will look at environments across the world, from the poles to the tropics, exploring the pressures they faced in the past, today and in the future. Selected topics will be further developed through the application of a range of quantitative and qualitative methods as part of fieldwork based activities to put theoretical learning into practice. Assessment on the module will be through a multiple choice online test at the end of the semester. On completion of the module, your ability to link theory and application, with an informed concern about sustainable development will serve to enhance your future employment prospects.

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 City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

 

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