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.
The assessment method is two 8-page essays.
Dissertation: Human Geography
Building directly on the work undertaken in the Research Design module, this module requires the student to write a substantive research dissertation on a subject chosen following discussion with a nominated supervisor.
This module aims for students to:
- devise and carry out a substantial piece of empirical research on an approved topic consistent with the requirements of a masters level degree
- demonstrate an ability to undertake a substantial project based on empirical research informed by relevant theoretical literature
- demonstrate a range of appropriate methodologies and research techniques
- produce a clearly written, appropriately illustrated and properly references report
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.
This module aims to:
- offer an understanding of the issues and techniques surrounding the handling of quantitative and qualitative data in the social and environmental sciences
- provide practical experience of key quantitative and qualitative techniques in geography
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 take the form of fortnightly seminars, focusing upon the work of some of the following (and others), and its relationship to geographical research:
The assessment method is a 5-page essay and an 8-page essay.
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
Students write a report on their group project. They also write a full research plan, and make an individual presentation of this plan.
This module aims to:
- provide an introduction to research design skills
- provide students with a thorough grounding in research techniques for the masters dissertation research
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.