GEG-10011 - Geography & Geographers
Coordinator: Richard I Waller Room: WSF23A Tel: +44 1782 7 33179
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733615

Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2022/23

This module considers the origins, development and core values of geography as a distinctive and relatively new academic discipline. In particular, we consider the pivotal role played by a series of key figures, both historic and current, whose work has been instrumental in shaping the modern-day subject. Students taking this module are encouraged to reflect on the key concepts, issues and debates considered within the broader semester 1 geography programme and to consider the figures they consider to be the most influential. Student-led seminar sessions provide the opportunity to select and discuss the findings of landmark journal articles selected by the group and therefore to become more confident in the use of these important sources of information at an early stage within the degree.

1. To introduce students to a selection of key figures within geography, and to reflect on the contributions these individuals have played in the development of academic discipline as a whole.
2. To provide a formal opportunity to carry out independent study on a selection of important figures and ideas and to expand upon core material covered in other modules within the geography programmes.
3. To provide an early opportunity to explore geographical research literature, to develop and practice independent study skills and to make guided but independent choices about case-study material.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

summarise and reflect upon the significance of the key contributions made by specific individuals to the ongoing development of geography as a distinctive academic discipline;: 1,

discuss the key findings of research reported within academic literature and consider their wider significance for the academic discipline;: 2,

communicate clearly and effectively in a range of different academic writing styles;: 1,2,

work independently and make effective choices about the topics and information resources most appropriate for further study.: 1,2,

Study hours

Lectures - 10 hours
Workshop - 2 hours
Seminars - 10 hours
Preparation for lecture and seminar sessions - 44 hours
Completion of module assessments - 84 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Reflective Diary weighted 65%
2,500 word reflective diary
Reflective diary focusing on the key issues, concepts and debates addressed within a selection of lectures covered within other core modules in semester 1.

2: Review weighted 35%
1,500 word review of selected journal literature
Review of the geographical context, key findings and wider impacts of a journal article covered within the seminar sessions.