Critical Human Geography
The module introduces you to a range of philosophical approaches and current research themes within human geography. It enables you to integrate questions of theory and empirical research, each stage of the module stressing the philosophy underpinning the research under discussion, and the cultural and political contexts of the research.
Key thematic issues structure the module, including geographical understandings of culture and economy, and the geographies of nature. Each section of the module integrates historical and contemporary understanding, emphasising the distinctive contribution made by human geography in thinking spatially, while at the same time highlighting geography's relationship to the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities.
Dissertation: Human Geography
Building directly on the work undertaken in the Research Design module, this module requires you to write a substantive research dissertation on a subject chosen following discussion with a nominated supervisor. The dissertation will be 20,000 words in length.
Geographical Research Methods
This module is split into three major sections:
- Quantitative Methods: An introduction to parametric and non-parametric statistics and the use of databases and statistical packages.
- Social Research Methods: An introduction to the philosophical and analytical issues that lie behind designing social research methods. A range of social research methods are considered in terms of their approach, design, implementation and analysis.
- GIS: An introduction to the technologies of GIS. It covers the design and operation of these systems and how they are used as decision support tools. The material also covers the concept of modelling and what issues the user must be aware of in evaluating model outputs.
Space and Social Theory
The module provides an introduction to space and social theory. The module will provide an introduction to a range of theoretical approaches within the social sciences, that have influenced research in human geography. The module will focus upon the work of some of the following (and others), and its relationship to geographical research:
Research Design B
The module takes the form of weekly seminars in which the following topics are covered:
- Introduction to research design
- 'Subjects' and research
- Research methods
- Qualitative analysis
- Group project
- Evaluating qualitative research
- Writing strategies
- Research plans for dissertations
You will write a report on your group project. You also write a full research plan, and make an individual presentation of this plan.
You will select 30 credits of optional modules either provided by the School of Geography, or in other social science schools across the University.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.