Module Details

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Title New Horizons in Human Geography
Code ENVS116
Coordinator Dr M Green
Geography and Planning
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2022-23 Level 4 FHEQ Second Semester 15


This module aims to provide students with an understanding of two distinct sub-disciplines of contemporary human geogrpahy.

Each theme is distinct, but aligns to the research interests of the department. One will provide knowledge of a theme related to population, data and statistics (e.g. health geographies). The other will focus on how geographers explore interests related to power and space (e.g. political geographies).

These two themes will provide students with knowledge of core concepts and theories in geography (e.g. the state and nation, social and spatial gradients in health). These provide important knowledge to enable students to utilise these concepts elsewhere in their studies, but also to develop students confidence in using specific academic concepts alongside developing global citizenship.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) To develop a critical understanding of key concepts and debates in population geography and geographical data science.

(LO2) To develop a critical understanding of concepts and debates in social, cultural and political geographies.

(LO3) To apply conceptual and theoretical ideas to a range of real world case studies.

(LO4) To build understanding of how qualitative and quantitative approaches to similar spatial concepts can vary.

(S1) Develop reasoned arguments

(S2) Critical evaluation of evidence

(S3) Problem-solving and decision-making skills.

(S4) Self-reflective learning and study

(S5) Written communication and presentation skills



The module is equally divided between each theme, with students studying one theme for the first half of the semester, before moving on to the next theme for the second half of the semester.

Each theme will provide core content through lecture-based content and reading lists and other resources provided through Canvas and the Library. Students will be guided towards essential/key reading for each lecture, as well as supplementary reading and other resources (e.g. useful videos) to help guide self-supported study.

At the end of each theme, seminars are delivered to ensure students have appropriate understanding of the core topics of each theme. These seminars also provide extra formative support for summative assessment.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method - Lectures
Description: There are 10 lectures in the module, which are split evenly between the two themes. Lectures will involve live discussion of core ideas and readings, and in some cases, pre-reading may be requested for important topics/concepts to faciliate discussion and active learning and research-connected teaching to occur.

Teaching Method - Seminar/Workshops
Description: There are 2 interactive workshops that will be delivered to consolidate learning from each section of the course. Each seminar will provide time for active learning and discussion of lecture content, and space for problem solving activities. Each will relate lecture-based teaching to the assessments, and provide a space for further formative feedback to students in a non-lecture environment.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 20


Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 128


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
1500-2000 word essay on one of the module themes.    50       
1500-2000 word essay on one of the module themes. Students choose 1 question from a range linked to the lecture content.    50       

Recommended Texts

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