Human 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 Human Geography and Sociology. This course enables understanding of social relations in a diverse range of environmental contexts.

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

While Sociology focuses on the social aspects of human behaviour, and critically examines social inequalities and systemic power relations, Human Geography shows how humanity is thoroughly environmental and that all behaviour is shaped by its cultural and spatial context. Apart from teaching sociological and geographical theory, this programme will also take you to fascinating fieldwork destinations in the UK and overseas, where you will 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 will explore the characteristics, diversity, interdependence and changing nature of humanity in place.

What will this mean for my future?

The Sociology and Human Geography programme will enable you to develop as a critical, analytic, and creative thinker – skills which are useful for a wide range of careers. Our graduates have entered occupations including planning and development surveyor, logistics manager, residential surveyor, town planner, international development worker, transport planner or market researcher.

Alternatively you might move into work in the creative industries, social care, the health sector, advertising and marketing, the charity sector, youth services, and local government. Some of our graduates also choose to pursue further academic study.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Social Inequalities in the Modern World
  • Classical Sociology
  • Human Geographies
  • Geographical Skills
  • People and the Environment
  • Practicing Human Geography

Second year

  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Research Methods
  • Analysing Culture
  • Globalisation and its Discontents
  • Dynamic Geographies
  • Practical Human Geography
  • Space and Society
  • City, Culture, Society

Third year

  • Dissertation in Sociology or Human Geography
  • Virtual Revolution
  • Streets, Skyscrapers, and Slums
  • Home and Belonging
  • Applied GIS
  • Inspirational Landscapes
  • Geographies of Children and Youth

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

Human 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 Subject modules only; please also see the document for your other subject.

 

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

60

0

0

0

0

2

60

0

0

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)

Human Geography 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

 

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)

Human Geography 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

 

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)

 

Human Geography 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

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 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