Approaches to Landscape
This module provides an introduction to recent research on landscape, drawing on studies and materials from several disciplines.
Areas of research considered include landscape in cultural geography, and landscape and the arts and humanities. The module considers historical and contemporary evidence under each of these headings and allows a critical assessment of both empirical research and underlying theory.
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: Landscape and Culture
This dissertation represents the culmination of the Landscape and Culture MA. You are required to submit a dissertation within 12 months of your initial registration.
The precise nature of the dissertation (the empirical content and theoretical perspectives) will obviously vary, but all dissertations must be a substantial research-based document on a specific topic that will have been discussed and approved by a nominated supervisor from within the teaching team on this course early in semester two.
Meetings between students and supervisors will take place regularly from the beginning of semester two until the main period of research and data collection during the summer. A minimum of five supervisions will take place. You are also advised about the required format of the dissertation.
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 must select 30 credits of optional modules (to total 180), either provided by the School of Geography, or in other 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.