In year three, the dissertation is the sole core module and you are encouraged to select a business-related aspect of geography to study.
Alongside this, you will choose from a range of advanced geography and business modules, appropriate to your degree and career aspirations and your year-two optional choices.
Advances in Remote Sensing
Part I - Principles and Systems
- Introduction: the past, present and the future (Overview of the remote sensing model, its origins, present status and where the future lies for this continually evolving science)
- Electromagnetic radiation and the terrestrial environment (Radiation physics for remote sensing, how it is utilised for mapping and monitoring)
- Interaction of radiation with matter (Reflected radiation: visible, near infrared and middle infrared wavelengths)
- Interaction of radiation with matter (Emitted radiation: thermal and microwave wavelengths)
- Sensing systems
- Remote sensing scale and data selection issues (Understanding and optimising data)
Part II - Information Extraction
- Digital image processing, with particular focus on image classification for land cover mapping
- Using remote sensing data (Practical based sessions)
- Exploiting advances in the spatial, spectral and temporal domains
- Exploiting strengths of data: data fusion
- Technological innovations (for example, laser scanning)
- Integrating remote sensing and GIS
- Practising remote sensing (External speaker, for example, DMCii, OS, BGS, Optech)
The Cultural Geography of English Landscape
The module addresses issues of landscape and culture in England from the 18th century to the present day. Key themes throughout include landscape and national identity and relations of city and country.
The module utilises sources including archives, literature, paintings, prints, poetry, maps, film and photography.
The first semester focuses on issues of landscape and Englishness since 1880. Topics covered include tradition and modernism, competing notions of heritage, the cultural politics of land, and questions of citizenship and the body. The second semester focuses on landscapes of Georgian England. Topics covered include parks and gardens; colonial landscapes; agriculture; industry and science; towns; and transport and travel.
Throughout the module the focus on landscape allows the exploration of key areas of cultural history. A one-day field trip to Derwent Valley is arranged, full costs will be provided nearer the time of the trip.
Environment, Development and Livelihoods
This module investigates key linkages between development, livelihood and environmental issues in the global South with particular reference to competition and conflict over environmental resources. Attention is placed on exploring these from the perspectives of different income, gender and community groups and contrasting their everyday realities with key development concepts and aggregate statistics.
Major themes include:
- linkages between poverty, environmental quality and livelihoods
- integration of environmental issues into development thinking and practice
- debates about overpopulation versus overconsumption
- urban environmental issues, slums and informality
- water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and livelihoods
- industry-related environment, development and livelihood issues
- competition and conflict in agrarian environments
- forest-based development and livelihood issues
Environmental Informatics and Modelling
This module will expose you to current practices, technologies and ideas existing at the forefront of environmental modelling. The module offers an opportunity for you to experience the theory and practice associated with key developments that are occurring in major modelling domains and the most recent advances from the research community.
The module will comprise four parts:
- Modelling the impacts of climate change
- Modelling biogeography
- Hydrology and hydroinformatics
European Urban Geographies (Berlin field course)
This module covers:
- the historical development of a major European city, to be visited on a field excursion (full costs will be supplied nearer the time of the trip)
- a critical approach to the cultural, historical, social and economic geography of same city
- a wide range of methodologies for conducting urban field work
Small group teaching is integral to the module. You are assigned into a group of three or four for the purposes of conducting small group project work while in Berlin. Frequent meetings are held between teaching staff and the small groups before, during and after the field course to support preparation for and the carrying out of research while in Berlin, as well as the writing-up of individual reports.
The Geographical Imagination
This module will review the history of geography over the past three centuries to provide a deeper understanding of contemporary debates, and provide a cultural and historical analysis of the nature of geography as an academic subject and field of knowledge.
The first semester considers the emergence of geography as a self-consciously 'enlightened' 18th century science and reviews some of the factors that influenced its subsequent development, including cartography and mapping, exploration and field observation, evolutionary and early social scientific theories, the rise of civic education, national and imperial politics, radical and revolutionary ideas, and warfare and geopolitics.
The second semester focuses on the 20th century to consider connections between field cultures and geographical knowledge, the visual cultures of geography, links between geography and Cold War politics, and ideas of geography as spatial science. Attention is given throughout to the biographies of key figures exercising the geographical imagination.
Geographies of Fashion and Food
This module covers a range of issues relating to the geographies of fashion and food. Topics covered include:
- Commodity chains and global networks of supply
- Governing and regulating food and fashion
- Commodity biographies and origins
- Slow and fast fashion and food
- Theorising value and quality
- Transforming and industrialising food
- City fashionscapes and foodscapes
- Doing food and fashion 'differently', spatially and temporally
- Contentious commodities
Geographies of Money and Finance
This module explores the economic geographies of money and of contemporary processes of financialisation. Competing theories of money, and the changing landscapes of finance and the financial services industry are explored at a variety of spatial scales.
Spaces examined include the global financial system, the UK retail financial market, the City of London and the emergence of local currency systems. More specifically, the following core topics are covered:
- Financial crisis
- The history and theory of money
- Financial services and financial intermediation
- Globalisation and the international financial system
- The City of London as international financial centre
- Landscapes of retail financial services
- Alternative and imagined landscapes of money
Geographies of Violence
This module will cover:
- political, historical, and cultural geographies of war
- spaces of internal violence and non-violence relating to colonialism, anti-colonialism, religious nationalism, and decolonisation/partition
- spaces of terrorism and the war against terror
- case studies from a variety of national and international contexts
This module explores the relationships between health and place. The module is organised thematically in two broad sections. The first section considers the historical growth of institutions such as the asylum and the hospital, as well as the development of sanitary science and the public health movement. It uses these to consider who is responsible for health.
The second section is devoted to critical health geographies, with a focus on topics such as gender, physical activity and obesity. It examines the role of power and place relationships in shaping health outcomes and the experience of health.
The Landscape History of Liguria (Italy field course)
An interdisciplinary module which introduces the principles of historical ecology and landscape history, drawing on a wide range of sources including historical maps and documents, field survey of vegetation and landscape features and oral history using Liguria as a case study. This includes a field trip to Liguria, full costs will be supplied nearer the time of the trip.
North American Urban Geographies (New York field course)
The module will cover:
- the historical development of a major North American city, to be visited on a field excursion (full costs will be supplied nearer the time of the trip)
- a critical approach to the cultural, historical, social and economic geography of same city
- a wide range of methodologies for conducting urban fieldwork
Branding and Advertising
In this module you will explore the nature of brands and the advertising techniques which create strong brands. The module will cover branding theory and communication theory and will provide you with an understanding of managerial, psychological and sociological perspectives on branding and advertising.
This module introduces and develops frameworks which enable businesses to understand the buying behaviour of consumers.
Contemporary Developments in Human Resource Management and Organisations
This module introduces you to key contemporary debates and practices, giving you a chance to engage with these debates and practices. You will gain an understanding of the human resource management approaches managers take as you grapple with the challenges of the global economy and a demanding and diverse workforce within an international context.
Exploring Perspectives in Entrepreneurship
This module covers:
- definitions of entrepreneurship/entrepreneurial activity
- the theoretical perspectives underpinning the study of entrepreneurship
- understanding what shapes the practice of entrepreneurship both in different settings (for example, social entrepreneurship) and due to contextual influences (for example, entrepreneurship in the media and the influence of gender)
Managing Business Operations
The module explores the strategic importance of operations in business management, within and across organisations, and in addressing environmental and societal challenges. Organisations in this module refer to organisations from the public, private and third sectors; service and manufacturing.
Examples of topics include:
- value and performance
- the links with other business functions
- product and service innovation
- managing the supply chain and network
- resource management
- excellence through improvement and quality
Managing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
This module covers:
- key concepts and definitions
- contextualising equality, diversity and inclusion
- EDI in organisations: equal opportunity, diversity and 'mainstreaming' approaches
- implicit bias
- managing for EDI: organisational interventions.
Marketing and Society
An overview of marketing and society, macro-marketing issues, responsible and sustainable marketing, consumer response to marketing activities, marketing's impact on society and consumption.
New Product/Service Development Management
The ability to develop and manage new product and services is crucial for the long-term survival of the firm and lies at the heart of the marketing concept. This module is designed to develop an appreciation of the latest theory and practice in the management and development of new products and services.
This module aims to develop an understanding of new product and service development (NPSD) as a strategic process and will explore and apply a variety of approaches to its management. In particular it pays attention to the role of market research/marketing analytics, and new approaches to using the Internet and social media. The NPSD process models will be evaluated and this will include critiques of the ideation process/creativity, design, new product launch management and marketing communication strategies.
In addition, contemporary themes around user innovation, co-creation, sustainability and international NPSD will be explored.
This module examines the strategic importance of manufacturing and service operations, and the key links between operations and other functional strategies.
The module explores the importance of a properly formulated and explicit operations strategy to ensure the development of a successful business.
The module discusses the interdependence of policies for capacity, technology, supply networks, development and organisation.
Organisational Theory and Practice
The module covers examination of key forms of social theory, both classical, and more contemporary versions and consideration of the applicability of these theories in relation to organisations and work.
This module examines the managerial and organisational factors that influence the formation and subsequent realisation of strategy. It enables you to develop skills in the analysis of strategic processes and practice with particular reference to the role of organisation in strategy development and execution, strategic leadership, strategic change, internationalisation and stakeholder management in strategic management.
Technology Entrepreneurship in Practice
This module aims to provide you with the skills, knowledge and practical experience required to respond to the challenges involved in managing, commercialising and marketing technological innovation and new business development.
The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer at the date of publication but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. This prospectus may be updated over the duration of the course, as modules may change due to developments in the curriculum or in the research interests of staff.