Module Details

The information contained in this module specification was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change, either during the session because of unforeseen circumstances, or following review of the module at the end of the session. Queries about the module should be directed to the member of staff with responsibility for the module.
Title RESEARCHING SPACE, POWER AND CULTURE
Code ENVS489
Coordinator Dr A Davies
Geography and Planning
A.D.Davies@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2019-20 Level 7 FHEQ Second Semester 15

Aims

The aim of this core module is to provide a more 'concrete' link between the theoretical issues discussed in "ENVS434 - Power, Space and Culture", and the student's own dissertation.

The first half of the module consists of staff-led seminars in which staff discuss their own recent research including how the topic was identified, how it was financed, research design, problems and issues emerging in the field and how they were addressed, and how the research was written up. The focus will be the research process rather than the topic itself.

The second half of the module will be student-led project work in which they design and carry out a short pilot project on an issue of their choice in order to practice the methods they will use for their dissertation in a safe environment.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) To introduce students to ‘concrete’ examples of key issues in qualitative human geography research from staff member’s current research.

(LO2) To provide students with key examples of current methodoligical debates in human geography to enable them to practically use the theoretical debates studied in the previous semester (in ENVS434).

(LO3) To enable students to engage with, analyse and critique up to date research practices in qualitative human geography.

(LO4) To enable students to see and critique a range of research methods deployed in current research programmes.

(LO5) To enable students to practice a range of qualitative research methods in a safe environment

(S1) Skills in using technology - Information accessing

(S2) Research skills - Awareness of /commitment to academic integrity

(S3) Global citizenship - Ethical awareness

(S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

(S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

(S6) Time and project management - Project planning

(S7) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Communicating for audience

(S8) Time and project management - Personal action planning


Syllabus

 

Two thirds of the module consist of weekly seminars delivered by staff members on their areas of research interest and their associated methodological challenges. The final third of the module consists of guidance on developing research questions and choosing appropriate methods for the students' dissertation. This takes palce in the remaining weekly seminars, but also in one to one meetings with relevant staff/tutors in order to develop and focus research ideas/questions, and in the form of a formative oral presentation based on the proposed dissertation research which takes place towards the end of the module. The exact syllabus/content of individual sessions changes on a yearly basis to reflect current staff research interests and developments within the field.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Seminar
Description:
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: Weekly Seminars with Staff Members


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours   24

        24
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 126
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
             
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Assessment 1 There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. Assessment Schedule (When) :Two  2500 words    50       
Assessment 2 There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. Assessment Schedule (When) :Two  2500 Words    50       

Recommended Texts

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