KE5007 - Social Geographies

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What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about the importance of this sub-disciplinary area to the study of human geography. You will discover the ways in which social relations, inequalities and identities are distributed and (re-)produced across space. The module places particular emphasis on:
- the welfare issues which affect people's lives
- the forms of power which lead to socio-spatial inequality and oppression
- individual and collective identities and their spatial (re-) production
- relevant methodological approaches for investigating these issues
Through this module you will also learn a number of important and transferable skills including research skills, team working, problem solving, communication skills, and the ability to use your own initiative but also to follow instructions.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through 'front-loaded' lectures, methods based workshops and project focussed seminars in semester one. In semester two you will learn through a group based project and will be guided by an assigned tutor. The lectures will allow you to learn and review key theories, concepts and issues examined by social geographers and will equip you to conduct your own group based project on one of these areas through application to a local case study. The group based projects will allow you to learn from guidance tutors, but also through peer support and team work. All your learning will be supported through resources made available on the module ELP.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Support will include directed reading through the lectures as well as ongoing feedback and directed tasks from tutors during small-group seminars in the development of your group based projects. Your tutors operate an ‘open door’ policy for students meaning you can approach them anytime during normal office hours, or via email, to answer questions, receive feedback and support your learning on the module.
Tutors will support you in preparation for the exam through a dedicated lecture session which covers past papers. All your learning will be supported through resources made available on the module ELP.

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: Distinguish between different approaches to the study of social geographies, and relate them to particular social problems and their spatial variations
• MLO 2: Analyse the role of space in the construction and contestation of social problems and identities, and review explanations for key forms of social inequality and differences

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• MLO 3: Review and apply methods of the study of social geographical issues, including strategies used in the observation, analysis and interpretation of these issues.
• MLO 4: Research at least one key concept covered in the module through a local case study, combining different types of geographical evidence, whilst also reflecting on your own positionality within the research process.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• MLO 5: Work effectively as part of a group to produce an ethical and informed piece of independent research related to a key issue covered in the module.

How will I be assessed?

There are three elements of summative assessment for this module.

The first of these is a closed book examination at the end of Semester One (40%) which will assess your understanding of the key theories and concepts covered throughout the semester. In so doing you are encouraged to think through and develop your own informed attitudes on the issues covered. (MLOs 1, 2)

Feedback will be provided on a generic basis to the whole year group, as well as individually through comments provided on the exam script. Students will be able to come and discuss their exam performance with their tutor.

The remaining two elements include a Group Project presentation (30%) (MLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) and an individual reflexive journal (30%) submitted towards the end of Semester Two (MLOs 3, 4, 5)

Formative assessment will take place in your seminars in semester two where your tutor will provide regular feedback and advice on the development of the group-based research project.

Feedback is available to you on an informal basis through all taught sessions, either on a one to one or group basis. Written feedback is supplied on all summatively assessed work.

Pre-requisite(s)

KE4001 - Introduction to Human Geography

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

Social geographies will enable you to build on Introduction to Human Geography at level 4, by exploring in much more depth this important sub-disciplinary area of Human Geography. Through an exploration of relevant and contemporary social topics you will discover the importance of a geographical perspective on issues of identity, inequality and power. You will then be given the opportunity to further investigate one of these areas, providing you with vital experience of using appropriate research methods through active empirical geographical fieldwork in a supportive group based context.

Course info

UCAS Code L700

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Geography and Environmental Sciences

Location Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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