KE7023 - Geographies of B/Ordering: European Field Trip

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What will I learn on this module?

You will be given the opportunity for advanced exploration into a particular subject area of interest within human geography. The nature of this subject area will be subject to negotiation and discussion with your tutor. This will enable you to further develop your ability to derive information from the literature and to critically review relevant publications. It will also help you in the development of skills required to outline and design a research proposal and to potentially establish the theoretical and conceptual basis for your research project module. In addition you will learn apply some of the concepts and theories to a ‘real world’ case study through the flexible fieldtrip, where exercises will be tailored to your specific interests.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through an individually tailored programme, derived through the negotiation of a study plan with your assigned tutor. The initial work allows discussion between student and academic supervisor on the development of a subject-specific study plan - outlining the subject area and available resources. This module comprises a series of tutorials to help guide and monitor your progress on a programme of independent learning in the subject area of human geography. Directed reading, guided and independent study will be used to enable you to gain a more sophisticated awareness of your chosen study area. Importantly you will engage in fieldwork exercises appropriate to your chosen subject area via the overseas residential fieldtrip.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be expected to undertake a high degree of independent study, although you will be provided with an academic supervisor with knowledge and experience in the relevant research area. Regular tutorials will provide students with guidance and informal formative assessment. Resources will be made available through the ELP. You will also be supported through your peers and will be encouraged to develop an active and participatory research culture amongst fellow students to facilitate peer learning and informal structures of support.

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:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• MLO 1: You will demonstrate an extended and high level of understanding through synthesis, critical review and evaluation of a specific human geography subject area

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• MLO 2: You will develop and demonstrate a reflective approach to the acquisition of knowledge
• MLO 3: You will learn and apply fieldwork based skills appropriate to your chosen topic
• MLO 4: You will further develop and demonstrate your ability to derive information from the literature and to critically review relevant academic materials

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• MLO 5: You will develop a productive and professional working relationship with your academic tutor in the development of your research into a specific area of human geography

How will I be assessed?

There are three pieces of assessment for this module.

The first takes place early in the first semester and is an oral/visual presentation of some of the key ideas, theories and conceptual developments in your chosen subject area. The presentation should be 15 minutes and should summarise and organise your reading around your topic at this early stage. This will formalise feedback on your early progress and enable you to develop your literature review for your second assessment. This constitutes 10% of the overall module mark. (MLOs 1, 2, 4, 5)

The second piece is the main component and comprises an extended critical literature review (to a maximum of 3000 words) on the agreed topic. This should be a comprehensive discussion and critique of the key ideas, theories and conceptual developments in your chosen subject area. This constitutes 70% of the overall module mark. (MLOs 1, 2, 4, 5)

Formative feedback will be used to enable you to develop a broad literature review that places their research in an appropriate human geography context. This feedback will also enable you to develop their academic and reflective skills.

The third piece draws upon your experience as part of your overseas fieldtrip. It asks you to write a reflective paper (of 2000 words) upon the process of conducting fieldwork on your specific subject area in ‘real world’ context. You are encouraged to discuss and reflect upon the lessons learnt through this process – in terms of the methods adopted, the specific context of the fieldwork and how you might learn from these lessons when conducting your own 60 credit project. (MLOs 1, 2, 3, 5)




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Module abstract

This module provides an opportunity for advanced exploration into a subject area of interest of your choice within the broad field of human geography. This will take place both through an individually tailored programme negotiated with a dedicated assigned tutor, as well as opportunities to explore the area of interest in a real world context via an overseas residential fieldtrip. The module will allow you to develop skills around presentation and project management in addition to advancing your ability to synthesise, evaluate and communicate the range of contributions made to a specific academic field.

Course info

UCAS Code L7T6

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years full-time or 5 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Geography and Environmental Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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