Welcome to Human Geography

Introduction

Alex Nobajas

Dear Human Geographers,

We are very pleased to welcome you to Keele, and look forward to your joining our academic community, and to 3 happy years of working together. This letter is just to give you a few pieces of information you will need for your first week of the first semester. As far as Human Geography is concerned, there are 3 important dates and appointments you need to make a note of and ensure you attend in Week 1:

  1. Monday 24th September 2018 at 10am-12pm: Induction Lecture for All Geography Students (Chancellor's Building CBA1.103)
  2. Please do ensure you are present for this welcome and introductory lecture as much vital information will be conveyed at this lecture which you will not want to miss out on. Bring along a pen and notebook of course, to jot things down.
  3. Tuesday 25th September 2018 at 2pm-4pm: Becoming a Human Geographer in WSB 1.44.
    This interactive session will contain a combination of social and formal academic activities. Please do ensure you attend so as not to miss key pieces of information that will set you up for your entire degree.
    (The William Smith Building (WSB) is easy to find in the heart of campus just up the hill from the shops and the University Library. On entering WSB, go up the steps directly in front of the entrance, turn right, follow the corridor to the next set of stairs and go up. Room 1.44 is on the left.
  4. Friday 28th September 2018 at 10am-1pm: Introduction to the Human Geography of the local area.
    You will need to do some homework for this one, but nothing onerous. Venue: (WSB 1.44). Including a free lunch!

For additional information, you will find useful documents and links that tell you a little more about being a student at Keele on the University Welcome Web, a very useful resource providing insights into most aspects of Keele University. Do also have a look at the rest of our School website. (You may even want to look up the latest available Geography Courses Year 1 Handbook.)

I hope that you will find Human Geography at Keele enjoyable and rewarding. Staff are always on hand to help, so if you have any questions or want any help at any time, please just ask. If you have any questions in the meantime, you could begin by getting in touch with me directly (a.nobajas@keele.ac.uk) or contacting Miss Cerys Jones, the course administrator, in the Geography Office (c.jones@keele.ac.uk, 01782 7 33615).

Enjoy your final days of summer, and I look forward to meeting you soon.

Regards,

 

Dr. Alex Nobajas

Getting Ready

Many students like to prepare in advance for their degrees by pulling together some useful items which they will use throughout the course. These include items ranging from simple stationary to core textbooks referred to in the lecture modules. Although the library will stock these texts you may wish to buy your own. Amazon or Abebooks (for 2nd hand copies) are probably the best places to find these, and the campus bookshop usually offers special deals on our main textbooks.

These are the most important items:

The campus bookshop has a price-match guarantee on this bundle of Core Human Geography Textbooks:

  • Knight, P.G. and Parsons, T. (2015) " How To Do Your Dissertation in Geography and Related Disciplines " (Routledge) 
  • Cloke, P. et al (Eds) (2013) “Introducing Human Geographies (3rd edition)” Routledge.
  • Matthews, J.A. and Herbert, D.T. (2008) "Geography: A Very Short Introduction" (OUP)
  • A diary for noting appointments, essay deadlines, etc. You should carry your diary with you to all lectures, classes and meetings with tutors.
  • Human Geography textbooks. These will be useful in both 1st and 2nd years.
    • Cloke, P. et al (Eds) (2013) “Introducing Human Geographies (3rd edition)” Routledge.
    • Daniels, P. et al (Eds) (2012) “Human Geography Issues for 21st Century (4th edition)” Pearson.
    • P. Knox and S. Marston, (2012) Human geography. Places and Regions in Global Context. (6th Edition). Prentice Hall.
  • An encyclopaedic dictionary of Human Geography. These prove invaluable when searching for definitions, wider reading etc:
    • Johnston , R.J. (Ed.) (2009) “The Dictionary of Human Geography (5th Edition)” (Blackwell)
  • The recommended essay-writing / study skills textbook, useful throughout all years of your degree course:
    • Knight, P.G. and Parsons, T. (2015) " How To Do Your Dissertation in Geography and Related Disciplines " (Routledge) 
  • An Atlas. There are plenty of good (and inexpensive) Atlases available.
  • An electronic calculator with basic scientific functions. Only these are approved by the university: Aurora SC582 series; Casio FX-82 series; Casio FX-83 series; Casio FX-85 series; Casio FX-350 series; Sharp EL-509 series; Sharp EL-531 series; Texas Instruments TI30 series.
  • Basic stationery including a stapler, a hole-punch, paper, ring-binders, etc.

Additional Info

For more information about Human Geography at Keele please refer to the Geography Handbook web page and to the Geography web.

If ever you need help or advice contact the Course Administrator, the Course Director, the 1st-year Tutor or any of your individual module tutors. We will all be pleased to help.

Administrator Miss Cerys Jones c.jones@keele.ac.uk

Course Director Dr Alex Nobajas a.nobajas@keele.ac.uk

1st-year tutor Dr Daniel Allen d.allen@keele.ac.uk

It is important that you keep up to date and in touch. You need to check your Keele e-mail account EVERY DAY and respond promptly to messages from staff. You should also follow @KeeleGeogs on Twitter to get occasional news and announcements from the course, and follow a selection of geography-related twitter feeds to get lots of Geography news coming your way.