Geography and Sociology 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both Geography and Sociology.

Combined Honours

Combined Honours degrees allow you to study two different subjects in one degree. Find out more about Combined Honours degrees.


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Course Overview

For the Geography element of the course, you will develop a core foundation in the first year from which you will have the flexibility to pursue a diverse range of specialisms and interests in the second and third years, allowing you to explore your interests within the subject. You'll learn to access and engage with the latest research in which the majority of our staff are engaged; undertake effective fieldwork; utilise a range of methods to collect and analyse qualitative data; plan and undertake research; and use specialist software such as GIS to address geographical problems.

Our campus provides an ideal venue for some of our work, whilst field courses run locally and overseas provide an opportunity to broaden your horizons. We provide field course routes that incur no additional costs with only some optional trips involving additional charges. You will also have access to excellent computing and laboratory facilities.

For the Sociology element of the course, you will be provided with a grounding in the core concepts of Sociology, develop your skills in carrying out social research, and enable you to explore a range of important social issues. Our course covers topics such as social inequalities, culture, identity and belonging, families and households, health, religion and belief, the media, and crime and deviance. Beyond these topics, we are also concerned with the role of consumer culture in our lives; processes of globalisation; urban development; issues around environment and ecology; migration; and how social media influences our relationships and understanding of the world around us. Studying Sociology will enable you to think independently, critically, and imaginatively about the issues that shape our everyday lives and our futures. We will encourage you to develop sociological explanations for the wide ranging changes taking place in the contemporary world and think about potential solutions to urgent social problems. 

What will this mean for my future?

 As a geographer, you'll develop a wide range of transferable and subject specific skills that are highly valued by employers.

A Sociology degree from Keele will encourage you to become an imaginative, creative, and pragmatic thinker who is able to think about problems critically with a view to working out practical solutions. Sociology is an evidence-based subject so you will also develop skills in problem-solving, using knowledge, information, and data to enable informed decision-making. This varied skill set is useful for a wide range of occupations and professions. Our graduates have entered work in fields including social care, the health sector, advertising and marketing, the charity sector, youth services, and local government. 

Indicative modules

First Year

  • Geographical Skills
  • Fundamentals of Physical Geography
  • Human Geographies
  • People and the Environment

Second Year

  • Dynamic Geographies
  • Geographical Research Training
  • Practical Physical Geography*
  • Practical Human Geography*
  • Regional Landsystems*
  • Space and Society*

*Two modules to be selected

Third Year

  • Dissertation
  • Glaciers and Glacial Geomorphology*
  • Global Environmental Change*
  • Water Resources*
  • Coastal Environments*
  • Applied GIS*
  • Inspirational Landscapes*
  • Postcolonialism in South Asia*
  • Economic Development and Environment Transformation*
  • Geographies of Children and Youth*
  • Rural Geographies*

*Select Modules From List

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

Geography -  A summary of the total credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year across both of your Principal Subjects. This document has information about Geography modules only; please also see the document for your other subject. For Geography Combined Honours:  

 

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

60

0

0

0

0

2

30

30

30

0

0

3*

0

45

60

0

15

* in year 3 there is the option to choose to specialise in one of your subjects, taking a minimum of 90 credits in this subject rather than taking modules from both subjects

 

Sociology A minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year across both of your Principal Subjects. This document has information about Sociology modules only; please also see the document for your other subject.

 

At Levels 4 and 5 you MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in Sociology achieved by taking two compulsory modules and one optional module. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject.
Your remaining 30 credits may be selected from the list of Sociology optional modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of elective modules provided by other disciplines.

 

At level 6 you MUST take a minimum of 45 in credits in Sociology achieved by taking at least three optional modules. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject. Your remaining 30 credits may be selected from the list of Sociology optional modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of elective modules provided by other disciplines.

 

In year 3 there is the option to choose to specialise in one of your subjects, taking a minimum of 90 credits in this subject rather than taking modules from both subjects.

 

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

Geography Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Fundamentals of Physical Geography

15

None

 

Geographical Skills

15

   

Human Geographies

15

   

People and the Environment

15

   

 

Sociology Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Social Inequalities in the Contemporary World

15

Mediated world

15

Classical Sociology

15

Investigating  Social Issues

15

   

The Anthropological Imagination

15

   

Researching British Society

15

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Geography Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Dynamic Geographies

15

Practical Physical Geography OR Practical

Human geography

15

Geographical Research Training

15

Regional Landsystems OR Space & Society

15

 

Sociology Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Contemporary Social Theory

15

Sociology Work Placement

15

Research Methods*

15

Families and Households: Diversity and

Change

15

   

Health and Society

15

   

Social Movements

15

   

City, Culture, Society

15

   

Witchcraft, Zombies and Social Anxiety

15

   

‘Race’, Racism and Resistance

15

   

Cultures of Consumption

15

   

Globalisation and its Discontents

15

   

Producing Sociological Knowledge

15

 

* Students taking Sociology as one of their combined honours subjects must take the compulsory module in each semester. However, due to significant similarities between the year two Research Methods modules in Criminology, Education, and Sociology, students studying Sociology and Education or Sociology and Criminology must choose only one year two Research Methods module. This can be from either discipline but students are advised to consider this in connection with the ISP module they anticipate selecting in year three. Students should replace the other research methods module with an optional module from either discipline offered in the same semester.

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

Geography Year 3 (Level 6) (Combined Honours)

Students take either 60 credits from the options below, or 45 credits from this list plus 15 credits from an elective outside this list. Students may take no more than one of the ISPs on this list, and do not need to take a Geography Independent Study Project (ISP) as long as there is an ISP included within their overall combined honours module diet.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

None

 

Double Dissertation ISP

30

   

Single Dissertation ISP

15

   

Glaciers and Glacial Geomorphology

15

   

Inspirational Landscapes

15

   

Global Environmental Change

15

   

Water Resources

15

   

Applied GIS

15

   

Coastal Environments

15

   

Postcolonialism in South Asia

15

   

Economic Development & Environmental Transformation

15

   

Geographies of Children & Youth

15

   

Environment and Sustainability Case Study

15

   

Natural Hazards

15

 

Sociology Year 3 (Level 6)

Optional modules

Credits

Dissertation

30

Home: Belonging, Locality and Material

Culture

15

Gender and Consumption

15

Moving People: Migration, Emotion, Identity

15

The Virtual Revolution: New Technologies, Culture and Society

15

Streets, Skyscrapers, Slums: The City in

Social, Cultural, and Historical Context

15

Sociology of Parenting and Early Childhood

15

Sex, Death, Desire: Psychoanalysis in Social Content

15

The Ecological Imagination: Environment and Society

15

Celebrity

15

Home: Belonging, Locality and Material

Culture

15

Gender and Consumption

15

 

Modules - Year Four

If you choose to specialise in Geography in your final year you will take either 120 credits from the list below, or 105 credits from this list plus 15 credits from an elective outside this list. Students must take one of the two Dissertation ISP options below.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

None

 

Double Dissertation ISP

30

   

OR

 
   

Single Dissertation ISP

15

   

PLUS

 
   

Glaciers and Glacial Geomorphology

15

   

Natural Hazards

15

   

Global Environmental Change

15

   

Water Resources

15

   

Coastal Environments

15

   

Applied GIS

15

   

Inspirational Landscapes

15

   

Postcolonialism in South Asia

15

   

Economic Development & Environmental Transformation

15

   

Geographies of Children & Youth

15

   

Rural Geographies

15

   

Trees in their Environment

15

   

Environment & Sustainability Case Study

15

   

If you choose to specialise in Sociology in your final year you may study the following modules:

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Dissertation

30

Home: Belonging, Locality and Material

Culture

15

   

Gender and Consumption

15

   

Moving People: Migration, Emotion, Identity

15

   

The Virtual Revolution: New Technologies,

Culture and Society

15

   

Streets, Skyscrapers, Slums: The City in

Social, Cultural, and Historical Context

15

   

Sociology of Parenting and Early Childhood

15

   

Sex, Death, Desire: Psychoanalysis in Social

Content

15

   

The Ecological Imagination: Environment and

Society

15

   

Celebrity

15

   

Home: Belonging, Locality and Material

Culture

15

   

Gender and Consumption

15

 

A selection of the optional modules listed will be offered annually for students in years two and three. Additionally, students are able to select up to two elective modules in each year of study. The elective modules can include modern foreign languages at different levels in French, German, Spanish, Russian, Italian, Japanese, and Chinese (Mandarin).

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az