Human Geography 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

Our Human Geography course explores the way in which humans relate to the environment through lab, lecture and field-based learning opportunities.

Single Honours
Study abroad
Learn a language
International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: L720

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Course Overview

This course will take you to fascinating fieldwork destinations in the UK and overseas, where you’ll add to your growing skills in understanding and influencing the way humans relate to the environment. In the lab, the field and the archive, you’ll explore the characteristics, diversity, interdependence and changing nature of places. You’ll understand the applications and possibilities Human Geography provides in solving problems, creating wealth and improving quality of life. You’ll collect and analyse spatial, social and environmental data, and become familiar with industry standard GIS software for analysing, visualising and integrating that data.

Human Geography at Keele was ranked in the top 10 nationally for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey.

What will this mean for my future?

In addition to providing very specific human geography skills, this course will enhance your abilities in communication, make you proficient in various methods such as GIS or primary data collection, and develop your creativity in problem solving.

This will all be invaluable as you address social, environmental, ethical and global problems as part of your studies or in the world of work. You might go on to work as a planning and development surveyor, logistics manager, residential surveyor, town planner, international development worker, transport planner or market researcher.

This programme has been accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).

Indicative modules

First Year

  • Geography and Geographers*
  • Human Geographies
  • Geographical Skills
  • People and the Environment
  • Practising Human Geography
  • The Politics of Sustainability*
  • Global Warming or a New Ice Age?*

Second Year

  • Dynamic Geographies
  • Practical Human Geography
  • Geographical Research Training Space and Society
  • City, Culture and Society*
  • Regional Land Systems*

Third Year

  • Dissertation
  • Inspirational Landscapes
  • Postcolonialism in South Asia
  • Economic Development and Environmental Transformation
  • Geographies of Children and Youth
  • Environmentalism, Environmental Movements and Protest
  • Home, Belonging, Locality and Material Culture**

*Single honours only

**Single honours and Major route only

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

A summary of the credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year. [Example credit split in the table below]

 

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

75

15

45

0

30

2

75

15

45

0

30

3

0

90

120

0

30

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Geography and Geographers

15

Fundamentals of Physical Geography

15

Human Geographies

15

History, Media, Memory: The Presentation of the Past in Contemporary Culture

15

Geographical Skills

15

The Politics of Sustainability

15

Practising Human Geography

15

Global Warming or a New Ice Age

15

People and the Environment

15

Greening Business: Employability and Sustainability

15

   

The Practice of Physical Geography

15

   

Environmental Ethics

15

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Dynamic Geographies

30

Gender and the Cinematic Gaze

15

Practical Human Geography

15

City, Culture Society

15

Geographical Research Training

15

Concepts and Debates

15

Space & Society

15

Regional Landsystems

15

   

Practical Physical Geography

15

   

Imperialism and Empire

15

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

None

 

Applied GIS

15

   

Double Dissertation*

30

   

Single Dissertation*

15

   

Inspirational Landscapes

15

   

Postcolonialism in South Asia

15

   

Economic Development and Environmental Transformation

15

   

Geographies of Children and Youth

15

   

Rural Geographies

15

* Students can only take one of the two dissertation options

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