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Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: L700
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 / BTEC : D*DD
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Module details

Programme Year One

Five core modules

  • Human Geography through Merseyside
  • Living with Environmental Change
  • New Horizons in Human Geography
  • Research Frontiers in Human Geography
  • Study Skills and GIS

Plus three optional modules from

  • Contemporary Town Planning
  • Ecology and Conservation
  • European politics I
  • European politics II
  • Experiments in Physical Geography 1
  • Foundations in International Politics
  • Social Change and Social Policy In Contemporary Society 1
  • Social Change and Social Policy In Contemporary Society 2: Changing Inequalities
  • Town and Country Planning: An Introduction
  • Urban and Environmental Economics
  • Theory and lab experiments in Surface Processes

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • Human Geography Through Merseyside (ENVS162)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module is designed with the following aims in mind:

    • Introduce students to key areas of human geography inquiry practised at the University of Liverpool through engagement in intensive day-long practical exercises.
    • Ground learning in a particular geographic context through focus on human geographic processes in Merseyside and Liverpool.
    • Provide students with practical experience in a variety of methods for collecting and analysing geographic data.
    • Allow students to practise speaking and writing about geographic concepts and linking these concepts to real-world examples.
    • Provide experience working independently and in groups.
    • Prepare students for studying Human Geography in subsequent years.
    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this module, successful students will be able to

    • Demonstrate an understanding of key areas of Human Geography inquiry, and relate important geographic concepts to examples in Liverpool and Merseyside.

    • Demonstrate basic skills in the collection and interpretation of geogrpahical data, both qualitative and quantitative.​
  • Living With Environmental Change (ENVS119)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    The over-arching aim of thismodule is to introduce students to the so-called ‘Grand Challenges’ facingsociety and what is being done to address them. Living with Environmental Change is a key interdisciplinaryresearch theme currently being addressed worldwide; from tackling climatechange and carbon emissions to promoting sustainable resource use and energyefficiency. This module illustrates that an interdisciplinary approach iscrucial to identifying the underlying problems faced by humanity and to findingholistic and sustainable solutions.

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    Learning Outcomes

    ​Obtain an understanding of the Grand Challenges facing society;

    ​Develop an appreciation of the significance of interdisciplinary working in addressing the Grand Challenges;

    ​Understand that Geography plays a key role in the Living With Environmental Change (LWEC) research agenda;

    ​Become familiar with the linkages between research, policy and sustainability.

  • New Horizons in Human Geography (ENVS116)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    The module aims:    

    • To identify key geographical factors to demonstrate how geography may influence and individuals health.
    • Utilise concepts including race, othering and exclusion​ and demonstrate how they relate to real world case studies
    Learning Outcomes

    To identify key population trends in health and how these vary geographically​

    Understand critical arguments about the role of geography in health research​

    Utilise concepts including race, othering and exclusion​

    Apply social geography theories to real world case studies​

  • Research Frontiers in Human Geography (ENVS161)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    This module aims to provide students with an introduction to cutting edge debates in contemporary human geography.

    Learning OutcomesDemonstrate an understanding of key issues in contemporary human geography

    Recognize the contribution and interplay of key subdisciplinary areas within contemporary human geography

    Demonstrate knowledge of a range of subdisciplinary approaches to key concepts in human geography including space and place

  • Study Skills and Gis (ENVS100)
    Level1
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    ​The aim of this module is to help students develop theessential study and disciplinary skills required by Geographers andEnvironmental Scientists, both for their current studies and future employment.

    Specifically, this module aims to help students:

    • Gain an introduction to key approaches/concepts and ideas in Geography and Environmental Science
    • Identify and effectively employ appropriate sources of data and information
    • Gain study skills essential for subsequent years
    • Develop personal transferable skills
    • Enhance their employability
    • Gain practical experience of applying Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to Environmental and Social Science​
    Learning Outcomes

    Ability to record field observations and ideas. 

    ​Use IT tools to find accurate and up to date information. 

    Undertake independent GPS data collection.

    ​Demonstrate basic GIS interpretation and analysis techniques.

    Plan and structure written work to University standard. 

    Ability to critically evaluate academic publications.

    Prepare and deliver poster presentations.​

    Awareness of the importance of early planning for employability enhancement.

Year One Optional Modules

  • Contemporary Town Planning (ENVS152)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to: 

    A. extend understanding of the form and operation of planning systems at the local level; 

    B. to provide practical experience of surveying, analysis and policy relevance for planning purposes; 

    C. to develop skills in group working, written and graphic presentation. 

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon successful completion of the module, students should:   

    1.     Be conversant with the process of plan preparation at the local scale and aware of current issues and debates in local planning practice;  


     

    ​2.     Be able to undertake simple local planning surveys, gather secondary data, present, analyse and interpret their findings and formulate simple plans for the development of small areas; 

    3. ​ Be able to work in a group and to present their work using written and graphic methods.

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  • Ecology and Conservation (ENVS157)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    AimsUsing certain key themes, to introduce students to the complex and multifaceted nature of environmental issues and ecological science, particularly stressing the interrelationships between their biophysical and human dimensions.

    To encourage students to manage their own learning.

    Learning Outcomes An appreciation of the complexities and multifaceted nature of environmental issues.



    ​An understanding of land-use change, its history, the main drivers and their interactions.

    ​An overview of natural disasters and irreversible environmental change.

    ​An introduction to the politics of natural resources and energy.

    ​A basic understanding of ecological principles.

    ​An understanding of the complexities of conserving biodiversity.

    ​An understanding of the scientific debate about evidence for global climate change, the possible socio-economic impacts of various climate change scenarios, and possible ameliorative measures.

  • European Politics I (POLI107)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    To provide an introduction to European politics by focusing on key contemporary issues while introducing some basic concepts of political science encountered in studying this subject

    To examine key challenges encountered when attempting to define and conceptualise Europe​

    To develop understanding of key debates around status of democracy and crisis of the nation-state in the European context​

    To examine salient transversal themes encountered in the politics of Europe, such as integration, international migration​ and security

    Learning Outcomes

    An understanding of the historical development and contemporary practice of European politics

    A working knowledge of the principles underlying political processes and systems (electoral systems and party systems) and how they operate in the European political space​

    An understanding of the political importance of different government structures (parliaments, the executive) at national and regional (EU) levels

    A knowledge of the challenges posed by contemporary political trends to European nation-states and European integration​

  • European Politics II (POLI108)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting75:25
    Aims

    To introduce students to the distinctive characteristics of political institutions in selected European states

    To introduce the main features of political development in a range of European countries​

    To provide a basis for comparison between different European political systems​

    Learning Outcomes

    Knowledge of key features of contemporary European political systems in a range of countries

    Analytical understanding of processes of democratisation in southern and eastern Europe​

    Ability to compare and contrast forms of executive leadership, party systems, state institutions and the political evolution of European political systems since the latter half of the nineteenth century​

  • Experiments in Physical Geography I (ENVS120)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    For students to learn:-

    • Careful observation, appropriate handing of liquid and solid samples, and correct use of analytical instruments.
    • Approaches to measurement quality control via replication and reference materials.
    • Appropriate use of descriptive and inferential statistics using MINITAB.
    • Succinct and clear presentation of experimental results in poster form (Powerpoint)
    Learning Outcomes

    A deeper understanding of processes that underlie the interaction between people and the physical environment.  

    ​Specific knowledge in the use of selected important analytical instrument; and general knowledge about the principles and practice of accurate and precise measurement.  

    ​Appropriate treatment of data, including quality control, graphical representation, and statistical analysis.  

  • Foundations in International Politics (POLI104)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    The principal objective of this module is to provide introductory foundations to the study of international politics by introducing the main theories and approaches

    To provide an overview of the major developments of international politics since the 20th century, paying particular attention to the Cold War and its aftermath. ​

    To offer brief introductions to four main issues of international politics: globalisation, Europeanisation and regional integration, environmentalism and poverty and development. ​

    Learning OutcomesBy the end of the module, students will have acquired a working knowledge of the main theories of International Relations and a greater awareness of their applicability in analysing specific issues in international politics. Of equal importance, students should have acquired a familiarity with the main themes that characterise both the Cold War and the post-Cold War period. 
    More specifically, students will have acquired the following:
    An understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the major IR theories. 


     

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    Students should have developed the ability to compare and contrast the various theories when discussing questions and issues affecting international politics;Students will be familiar with the main events, issues and themes in international relations;
  • Social Change and Social Policy in Contemporary Society 1 (SOCI102)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims
  • Encourages you to think about history in sociological terms, particularly about the ways in which an understanding of the past can help to illuminate the present.
  • Provides you with an appreciation of continuity and change in social life in Britain, with an emphasis, inter alia, on politics, social policy, the economy, family life, and social and cultural relations.

  • Provides you with an understanding of how different social scientists have studied, described and explained these processes of continuity and change in various areas of social life​.

  • Provides you with a way of putting wider processes of continuity and change in social, cultural, political and historical context​.

  • Provides you with a foundation of theories, concepts and knowledge for study at the second and third years. ​

  • Learning OutcomesEncourages you to  describe processes of social continuity and change over time in various areas of social life from a sociological perspective.

    Encourages you to think critically about what we gain by investigating the links between the present and the past.

    ​Encourages you to apply and evaluate sociological theories and concepts in relation to various conceptual, methodological and empirical issues surrounding the question of history and the analysis of social change in various areas of social life.

    Supports the transition to modules in the second year with knowledge and understanding of key events and debates  in social, political and economic ​life.

  • Social Change and Social Policy in Contemporary Society 2: Changing Inequalities (SOCI103)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • To provide students with an appreciation of the main changes that have taken place in British society since 1945, with a particular emphasis on ''race'' and ethnicity, gender and social class.

     

  • ​To provide students with an understanding of how sociologists have studied, described and explained these changes.

  • Learning Outcomes

    to describe and explain some of the main social changes that have taken place in British society since 1945 by drawing upon sociological studies. 

    ​to discuss the inter-relationship between ''race'', ethnicity, class and gender and understand the influence of these on society.

    to evaluate different sociological concepts and theories and relate these to broader historical, social and political contexts.
  • Theory and Laboratory Experiments in Earth Surface Processes (ENVS165)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    The module uses a lecture and laboratory-based problem-solving approach to explore some of the fundamental physical and chemical processes underlying physical geography. It is designed to provide a foundation for environmental and physical geography modules in the second and third years.

    It also aims to provide training in careful observation, appropriate handing of liquid and solid samples, and correct use of analytical instruments. Throughout there is emphasis on quality control via replication and reference materials, and appropriate use of descriptive and inferential statistics.
    Learning Outcomes​The core processes and landforms underlying major geomorphic systems​

    Long term environmental change – Pleistocene and Holocene

    ​A deeper understanding of processes that underlie the interaction between people and the physical environment​

    ​Specific knowledge in the use of selected important analytical instruments; and general knowledge about the principles and practice of accurate and precise measurement​

    ​Appropriate treatment of data, including quality control, graphical representation, and statistical analysis​

  • Urban and Environmental Economics (ENVS155)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    Disclaimer: Information correct at time of publication. Students should refer to the Student Spider Web for changes to Module Specifications and the Civic Design webpage www.liv.ac.uk/civicdesign for current Programme Structures.  Planned programme structure subject to Faculty approval. Students will be notified of any major changes to the Programme Structure by email.

    The principal objectives of the module are:

    • To provide an introduction of some key micro and macro-economic concepts and principles relevant to urban and environmental policies.
    • To introduce basic spatial analytical techniques and methods used to analyse economic and demographic trends and issues.
    • To appreciate the ways in which economic and demographic analyses contribute to urban and environmental planning.
    Learning Outcomes1. Have a basic knowledge of the history of economic ideas and the core characteristics of differing schools of thought;

      

    ​2. Have a grounded understanding of the economic characteristics of land and environmental regulation;

    ​3. Be familiar with the economic reasoning used to analyse issues in the built and natural environment and be able to relate this to spatial planning practice.

Programme Year Two

Four core modules

  • Field Class (Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast or Cardiff)
  • Principles and Theory in Geography
  • Research Skills
  • Statistics for Social Scientists

Plus three optional modules from

  • An introduction to Environmental History
  • Catchment Hydrology
  • Changing environments
  • Cities and Regions
  • Climatology
  • Comparing Welfare States
  • Deviance, Youth and Culture
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Geomorphology: Ice, Sea and Air
  • GIS for Human Geography
  • Political Economies of Globalisation
  • Population and Societies
  • Rural Geographies
  • Social and Cultural Geographies
  • Soils, Slopes and the Environment
  • Strategic Plan Making
  • Urban morphology and Place Making
  • Urban Sociology

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • Field Class (edinburgh) (ENVS286)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The Edinburgh field class has three aims:

    1. to provide practical experience and training in designing, executing, analysing, writing-up and presenting a field research project in preparation for dissertation research;

    2. to provide practical experience of quantitative and qualitative techniques, and to critically reflect on the effectiveness and ethics of different methods in preparation for dissertation research design and write-up;

    3. to develop team-working and communication skills through conduct of group research projects and field presentations.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Research project planning, execution and delivery.

    ​Critical engagement with methods and ability to evaluate their appropriateness to a research project.

    ​Qualitative and quantitative data collection techniques (at least four from the following list: archives; qualitative and quantitative secondary data, interviews, focus groups, (participant) observation, survey questionnaire).

    ​Qualitative and quantitative data anlaysis techniques.

    ​Qualitative and quantitative data presentation techniques (oral, visual and textual).

    ​Teamwork.

    ​Developed skills to undertake future independent empirical research.

  • Field Class (belfast) (ENVS282)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    ​T​he field class has three aims:

    1. to provide practical experience and training in designing, executing, analysing, writing-up and presenting a field research project in preparation for dissertation research;

    2. to provide practical experience of quantitative and qualitative techniques, and to critically reflect on the effectiveness and ethics of different methods in preparation for dissertation research design and write-up;

    3. to develop team-working and communication skills through conduct of group research projects and field presentations.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Learn how to plan, execute and present a research project, taking into account academic, practical, ethical and safety considerations

    ​Develop a greater critical appreciation of field based data collection techniques (using at least four from the following list: archives; qualitative and quantitative secondary data, interviews, focus groups, (participant) observation, survey questionnaires)

    ​Practise and enhance skills in analysing qualitative and quantitative data

    ​Practise and enhance skills in presenting qualitative and quantitative data (oral, visual, textual)

    ​Gain an enhanced appreciation of the factors that make for successful teamwork

  • Field Class (glasgow) (ENVS288)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    AimsThe Glasgow field class has three aims: 1. to provide practical experience and training in designing, executing, analysing, writing-up and presenting a field research project in preparation for dissertation research 2. to provide practical experience of quantitative and qualitative techniques, and to critically reflect on the effectiveness and ethics of different methods in preparation for dissertation research design and write-up 3. to develop team-working and communication skills through conduct of group research projects and field presentations
    Learning OutcomesResearch project planning, execution and delivery  

    ​Critical engagement with methods and ability to evaluate their appropriateness to a research project.

    ​Qualitative and quantitative data collection techniques (at least four from the following list: archives; qualitative and quantitative secondary data, interviews, focus groups, (participant) observation, survey questionnaire)

    ​Qualitative and quantitative data analysis techniques

    ​Qualitative and quantitative data presentation techniques (oral, visual and textual)

    ​Teamwork

    ​Developed skills to undertake future independent empirical research

  • Field Class (cardiff) (ENVS280)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    T​he  field class has three aims:

    1. to provide practical experience and training in designing, executing, analysing, writing-up and presenting a field research project in preparation for dissertation research

    2. to provide practical experience of quantitative and qualitative techniques, and to critically reflect on the effectiveness and ethics of different methods in preparation for dissertation research design and write-up

    3. to develop team-working and communication skills through conduct of group research projects and field presentations

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Learn how to plan, execute and present a research project, taking into account academic, practical, ethical and safety considerations

    ​Develop a greater critical appreciation of field based data collection techniques (using at least four from the following list: archives; qualitative and quantitatvie secondary data, interviews, focus groups, (participant) observation, survey questionnaires)

    Practise and enhance skills in analysing qualitative and quantitative data

    ​Practise and enhance skills in presenting qualitative and quantitative data (oral, visual, textual)

    Gain an enhanced appreciation of the factors that make for successful teamwork

  • Principles and Theory in Geography (ENVS249)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting67:33
    Aims
    • To develop a critical and reflexive sense of the nature of geography as a dynamic, plural and contested discipline.
    • To become aware of major theoretical and conceptual frameworks used in Geography.
    • To develop an understanding of cutting edge debates in physical and human Geography.
    • To develop an understanding of the interrelations and interface between physical and human Geography, particularly around environmental issues.
    Learning Outcomes
    Critically evaluate key perspectives on human and physical geography, and to situate them in the history of the discipline.

      ​Apply different styles of spatial thinking to particular contexts and research questions.
      Engage in theoretical understanding of the behaviour of complex social and physical systems, and the approached to their modelling.

      ​​Understand the relevance of theoretical debates for their own research practices.​

      Understand the interface between physical and human Geography, and be able to illustrate how this can help in the analysis of environmental problems.​

    • Research Skills (geography and Environmental Science) (ENVS203)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterWhole Session
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
      1. Provide students with training in research methods and analysis techniques
      2. Develop students'' understanding and appreciation of the Environmental Sciences as a contemporary academic discipline
      3. Nurture students'' understanding of, and engagement with, theoretical and methodological issues in the Environmental Sciences
      4. Develop students'' skills of critical analysis and academic writing
      5. Support students'' preparation for individual research projects
      6. Develop students'' study and personal transferable skills
      7. Develop students'' awareness of careers and employability.
      Learning Outcomes

      Demonstrate knowledge of the development of Geography and the Environmental Sciences in recent decades

      ​Demonstrate an appreciation of the nature and appropriate use of different methodological strategies

      ​Making use of newly-developed research skills and knowledge, identify a research problem or subject and design an appropriate research strategy

      ​Write a dissertation proposal in an academic style with appropriate illustrations, citations and references

      ​Enhanced ability to write an essay in a technical English academic style

      ​Make an oral presentation on a researched topic to a small group

      ​Develop personal employability skills through application letter and CV development

    • Statistics for Social Scientists (ENVS225)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims
      1. To train students in statistics for the Social Sciences.
      2. To equip students with knowledge on how to conduct research using quantitative methods based on both primary and secondary data sources.
      3. To ensure that students understand the importance of statistics in real life
      Learning OutcomesTo understand why statistics are used in social science

      To understand statistical terms in scientific papers and the media

      To select appropriate statistical methods to answer research questions

      To analyse and summarise data using descriptive statistics and inferential methods

      To use Excel & SPSS to apply these methods, and interpret the output​

    Year Two Optional Modules

    • An Introduction to Environmental History (ENVS223)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims

      The module seeks to introduce students to the discipline of Environmental History, examining the different ways in which human-environment interactions have changed through time. Providing students with a knowledge of how present interactions have been shaped by past activities, and how these can be used to better understand the future. 

      It forms a basis for more advanced environmental courses in Year 3.

      Learning Outcomes

      On completion of this module, students should be able:-

      1. Demonstrate an understanding of global environmental history from the pre-history to the present day.

      2. To have a demonstrable understanding and ability to critically evaluate the impact on the earth of: the domestication of plants and animals; the agricultural and industrial revolutions from the eighteenth century; and present day processes of globalisation and resource management.

      3. To critically explain the consequences of desertification and deforestation.

      4. To critically evaluate present day academic and policy perspectives on the sustainability of agricultural and industrial systems.

      5. To engage with debates on environmental philosophy and ethics.

      Achievement of these objectives will be assessed by examination.

    • Catchment Hydrology (ENVS217)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      The module aims to enable students to ​investigate and understand the main hydrological processes operating in drainage catchments in terms of their measurement, operation and controlling factors. The module will provide students with a ''hands-on'' experience of both observing hydrology and modelling hydrological systems, with an emphasis on applied learning, which might be useful in a vocational sense in the future. The module will aim to deliver excellent training for students in the knowledge required to work in a wide variety of environmentally-facing careers, including those with the EA, Natural England or DEFRA, as well as Environmental Consultancies.

      Learning Outcomes

      Describe the key hydrological components of the catchment system

      Explain the main controlling factors on hydrological processes occurring within drainage catchments​ ​​Analyse and predict the response of catchments to rainfall events ​​​Evaluate methods used to predict river flows​

      ​Review the environmental variables that control the morphology, sedimentation and evolution of lakes​

    • Changing Environments (ENVS214)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
      Aims

      At the end of this module, students will have a strong understanding of the mechanisms that have shaped our landscape over time; laboratory and computer skills to yeild environmental reconstructions; a critical insight of the different techniques and methodolgies for reconstructing past environments; an understanding of the importance to study the past to forecast future environmental change.

      Learning Outcomes​At the end of this module, students will have acquired theoretical knowledge of the global changes that have affected the Earth in the recent past
      ​Students will have acquired theoretical knowledge of the key characteristics of important depositional environments

      ​Students will have acquired theoretical knowledge of the major environmental indicators used  in these environments and the dating techniques

      Through practical work, you will have acquired practical knowledge of different laboratory techniques needed for the identification of major biological indicators conventionally used for reconstructing the environment and climate (pollen, diatoms, foraminifera, testate amoeba); lake sediment description and analysis; spatial awareness of landscape change thought GIS exercises. ​
    • Cities and Regions (ENVS230)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims

      To equip students with an understanding of the nature of urban and regional change and the policy issues that it presents.

      Learning OutcomesUnderstand, and be able to discuss, the economic, social and environmental causes of urban and regional change

      ​Understand, and be able to analyse, the consequences of urban and regional change for local economies, environments and societies

      ​Understand, and be able to predict, the policy issues arising from the consequences of urban and regional change
    • Climatology (ENVS231)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims

      The module aims to provide knowledge and understanding across a number of areas of meteorology and weather, covering physical processes.  These processes are covered at a detailed level and supported by an overview of the subject area. This module gives the scientific foundation for more discursive as well as process orientated final year modules.

      The practicals provide an introduction to aspects of meteorological analysis. These are supported through the general lecture programme.  The practical series add to the learning experience and skills to enable students to apply what is learnt in the lecture programme. 

        

      Learning Outcomes

      ​Evaluate appropriate theories, methods and techniques

      ​Recognise how selected environments interact with appropriate atmospheric and weather processes

      ​Understand different weather from high, mid and tropical latitudes

      Apply practical data analysis.​
    • Comparing Welfare States (SOCI207)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
    • Sets out and explains Esping-Andersen’s typology of welfare regimes, ''the three worlds of welfare capitalism''.

    • ​Introduces the concepts of ''(de)commodification'', ''(de)stratification'' and ''systems of exchange'' and underlines their significance in understanding ''the mixed economy of welfare'' in different countries.

    • ​Compares and contrasts welfare settlements in liberal, conservative and social democratic regimes with reference to the examples of the USA, Germany and Sweden.

    • ​Provides concetpual tools for critically assessing claims about the similarities and differences between countries'' welfare settlements.

    • ​Shows how welfare policy is shaped by a complex interaction of economic, social and political forces, operating at both national and international levels and over long periods of time.

    • ​Demonstrates that by taking a comparative approach to the study of welfare states, we broaden our knowledge and understanding of social, political and economic affairs in a range of different contexts including our own.

    • Learning OutcomesDemonstrate knowledge of Esping-Andersen’s typology of welfare regimes.

      ​Link Esping-Andersen’s typology to the concepts of ''(de)commodification'' and ''(de)stratification''.

      ​Use Esping-Anderson''s work as a basis for comparing and contrasting welfare settlements in at least two different countries.

      ​Draw on a wide body of evidence to critically assess claims about the similarities and differences between welfare regimes, including those of Esping-Anderson.

      Connect the development of welfare to the ''political economy'' of different kinds of capitalist societies.​

      ​Outline how ''the mixed economy of welfare'' in different countries changes over time in response to wider social, political and economic challenges and crises.

      ​Think across a broad range of welfare settlements in different countries and locate the UK experience within this broader comparative context.

    • Deviance, Youth and Culture (SOCI252)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      To explore the main academic literature sources relevant to the study of deviance and deviancy.

      ​To examine historical and contemporary debates on deviancy in the UK and beyond.

      ​To examine the different functions and strategies of the media and culture to ‘policing’ youth.

      ​To provide a critical insight into the key cultural practices of deviance.

      ​To identify the form of power that constitutes deviant practices.

      Learning Outcomes

      Use and apply the main sources of deviancy literature for sociological research and analysis of social and political life.

      ​Understand the relationship between deviancy, culture and youth as a contested form of social regulation.

      ​Evaluate the impact and effects of media representations, discourses, ideology and media technologies in the construction of deviance and criminality.

      ​Appreciate and situate cultural practices of resistance as part of the process of social ordering.

      ​Demonstrate the relationship between theory, analysis and interpretation and the skills associated with evaluation and presentation.

    • Environmental Sustainability (ENVS218)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      This module aims to: introduce students to current thinking in relation to sustainable development and locate environmental sustainability within this broader framework of ideas; develop an understanding of various dimensions of environmental sustainability and their relationship to patterns of human development ; develop an understanding of the role of the public and private sectors in promoting environmentally sustainable development.

      Learning Outcomes

      Students completing the course successfully should:

      1. be aware of current thinking in relation to sustainable development and be able to locate environmental sustainability within this broader framework of ideas;
      2. have an understanding of various dimensions of environmental sustainability and their relationship to patterns of development;
      3. develop an understanding of the role of the public and private sectors in promoting environmentally sustainable development.

    • Geomorphology: Ice, Sea and Air (ENVS252)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting67:33
      Aims

      The module aims  to

      1) develop an understanding of major geomorphic systems

       and

      2) how they create terrestrial landforms.

      Learning OutcomesOn completion of this module the students will demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding ofthe functioning of major geomorphic processes

      ​On completion of this module the students will demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the relationship between geomorphic processes and climate

      ​On completion of this module the students will demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the magnitude, frequency and spatial scales and timescales under which geomorphic processes operate

      On completion of this module the students will demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of ​the importance of linkages between geomorphic process, material and resulting landform (energy/material interaction).

    • Gis for Human Geography (ENVS257)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      AimsThe module aims to develop an understanding of how and why GIS may be useful in the social sciences. It will introduce students to the fundamentals of GIS and enable students to develop both (i) theoretical knowledge of GIS and (ii) a practical ability to apply GIS in the handling and analysis of spatial data in a human geography context.
      Learning Outcomes

      Students will gain a sound understanding of the principles of GIS in a social science context

      Students will understand how to implement the basic functions of GIS.

      ​Students will know how to apply a number of spatial analysis techniques and how to interpret the results, in the process of turning data into information.

      Students, when faced with a new dataset, will be able to work independently using a GIS.

    • Political Economies of Globalisation (ENVS264)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting67:33
      Aims

      This module introduces students to the study of globalisation. It will be of interest to those who wish to learn how capitalism is transformed, and what challenges this transformation entails for the functioning of national and local economies, states and societies. Specifically, the course examines the changes globalisation has wrought in political life and how globalisation has been contested. Having acquired a basic knowledge of inequalities in the global economy, students will learn how the adverse consequences of globalisation can be challenged, and what are the possibilities of democratic governance in the age of globalisation. By taking this module students will prepare themselves for a more advanced study of international political economy and development and for the world of work where, it can be assumed, nothing will remain the same and the jobs of the future will be created by people who have not yet thought of them.  Finally, it will enable students to understand what are reputable crtiques of the current taken for granted, and what are more dangerous populisms and examples of ''post truth'' politics.

      Learning Outcomes

      By the end of this module, students should:

      • Know and analyse the main paradigms and perspectives on globalisation, mainstream and heterodox

        ​Have a basic understanding of the workings of the global political economy

        ​Be familiar with and be able to analyse the existing examples of anti-globalisation movements.

        ​Understand the contested nature of processes of ‘neoliberalisation.’

    • Population and Societies (ENVS221)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting67:33
      Aims

       

      The module aims to

      Provide an understanding  and explaination of  the main societal and cultural determinants of a wide range of demographic and other events, including being born; leaving home; moving home; partnering; having sex; having children; experiencing well-being, falling ill and dying;

       

      Describe and account for how these events lead to spatial and temporal variations in population growth rates and structuresExamine the relevance of the demographic and epidemiological (health) transitions to developing countries, and, Assess the future global population prospects​ 

       The module aims to move far beyond the basic population geography presented in GCSE and A-level syllabuses by providing: (i) greater breadth and depth of coverage; (ii) direct exposure to the population-related research of current staff; (iii) greater critical engagement with the material covered.

       

      Learning Outcomes​​Understand and explain the main societal and cultural determinants of a wide range of demographic and other events, including being born; leaving home; moving home; partnering; having sex; having children; experiencing well-being, falling ill and dying

        Describe and account for how these events lead to spatial and temporal variations in population growth rates and structures​

        Critically examine the relevance of the demographic and epidemiological (health) transitions to developing countries.​

        Critically assess the future global population prospects​

      • Rural Geographies (ENVS227)
        Level2
        Credit level15
        SemesterFirst Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting67:33
        Aims

        1) To develop a critical awareness of the changes taking place in contemporary rural areas.

        2)    To stimulate informed debate about the geographical difference and inequalities in rural areas both in the UK and Europe.

        3)    To draw attention to, and encourage critique of, the empirical studies and conceptual approaches taken by geographers and social scientists to the study of these issues.

        Learning Outcomes

        On successful completion of this module, students should be able, at threshold level, to:

         

        To critically appraise the studies of geographers and other social scientists to rural issues and the varying conceptual approaches taken to their study.


          To articulate how rurality is interconnected with space, economy, politics, society, culture, and nature.

          To analyse how rurality shapes and is shaped by political-economic change, social recomposition and cultural meaningfulness.​

          To critically evaluate the responses by national and local governments, rural communities and other organizations to such changes
        1. Social and Cultural Geographies (ENVS275)
          Level2
          Credit level15
          SemesterSecond Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
          AimsBy the end of this module, we aim for you to:
          • Have an understanding of the sub-fields of social and cultural geographies;
          • Be able to engage with philosophical debates within social and cultural geographies;
          • Have developed skills in reading and writing critically;
          • Be able to recognise the heterogeneity of social categories;
          • Have an understanding of key concepts within the field including social construction, spatial contingency, performance, intersectionality, material cultures and mobilities;
          • Be able to link theoretical debates with empirical examples;
          • Have an appreciation of the range of methods used in social and cultural geographies.
          Learning OutcomesHave an understanding of the sub-fields of social and cultural geographies;

          ​Be able to engage with philosophical debates within social and cultural geographies;

          ​Have developed skills in reading and writing critically;

          ​Be able to recognise the heterogeneity of social categories;

          ​Have an understanding of key concepts within the field including social construction, spatial contingency, performance, intersectionality, material cultures and mobilities;

          ​Be able to link theoretical debates with empirical (academic) examples.

        2. Soils, Slopes and the Environment (ENVS238)
          Level2
          Credit level15
          SemesterSecond Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
          Aims

          1.  To understand the fundamental properties and characteristics of slopes and soils.

          2. To understand slope and soil forming processes and evolution

          3. To apply this knowledge to a number of pure and applied problems relating to slope and soil stability.

          Learning Outcomes

          ​Describe the fundamental physical, chemical and biological properties of soils.

          ​Use your knowledge of the fundamental physical, chemical and biological properties of soils to classify them

          ​Understand the processes of soil formation.

          ​Understand the factors that affect slope and soil stability

          ​Explain the processes of soil erosion, why they vary in time and space, and describe how they shape the landscape.

          ​Explain why landslides/mass movements occur.

        3. Strategic Plan Making (ENVS210)
          Level2
          Credit level15
          SemesterFirst Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
          Aims

          This module provides an introduction to the methods and techniques that are used in the preparation and implementation of strategic plans and policies.

          Learning Outcomes

          be familiar with the main elements of the planning process and techniques associated with them

          ​understand planning documents, including how they are prepared and the different functions they serve;

            ​demonstrate a critical perspective on current planning formats;

              understand ther role of plans in shaping places and how the theory of plan making has changed over time

            1. Urban Morphology and Place-making (ENVS256)
              Level2
              Credit level15
              SemesterSecond Semester
              Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
              Aims

              The specific objectives of the module are to:

              • introduce students to the analysis of the qualities and characteristics of the urban fabric;
              • introduce a working knowledge of design approaches regarding the urban environment;
              • introduce the formative design skills and techniques related to site planning;
              • relate urban design issues to the broader planning agenda including development processes and products.


              Learning Outcomes

              ​understand the basic sequence of urban design in history as it helped shape urban places

              ​have the ability to appraise the qualities and character of an area in urban design terms

              ​an understanding of contemporary theories as they relate to urban design

              ​be conversant with basic design and presentation skills needed for urban design projects

              ​have the ability to make proposals to enhance the spatial qualities of urban places

              ​have a basic knowledge of site planning and design issues and their resolution

            2. Urban Sociology (SOCI236)
              Level2
              Credit level15
              SemesterSecond Semester
              Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
              Aims
            3. ​To provide an introduction to classical and contemporary social scientific approaches to the study of urban life

            4. ​To introduce key classcial and contemporary academic studies of urbanism

            5. ​To situate the distinctive contribution made by sociologists to our understanding of cities 

            6. ​To critically examine key empirical studies on the social and cultural aspects of city life 

            7. Learning Outcomes​ An awareness of the landmark social studies of modern urbanism

                ​An appreciation of the spatial form taken by social inequalities in urban capitalist contexts

                ​Capacity to describe and assess some of the major political interventions in city life in the modern period 

                Understanding of the relationship between theoretical and methodological studies of ​the urban

              Programme Year Three

              One core module

              • Geography Dissertation or Geography Work-based Dissertation (30 credits)

              One optional (30 credit) field class module:

              • North America or Barcelona 

              Choose six of the following (four if taking the optional field class module):

              • Climate Change: A Critical Review
              • Coastal Environments: Spatial and Temporal Change
              • Embodied and everyday geographies 
              • Fluvial Environments
              • Gender, the Body and Identity
              • Geographic Data Science
              • Geographies of Poland
              • Geographies of Resistance
              • Human-Environment Interactions
              • Ireland:political, social and cultural geographies
              • Issues in Geography
              • Maritime geographies
              • Natural Hazards and Society
              • Peace Activism in  a dangerous world
              • Politics of the Environment
              • Postcolonial Geographies
              • Race, Community and Identity
              • Social and spatial inequalities
              • Social justice
              • Teaching geography 

              Year Three Compulsory Modules

              • Geography Dissertation (ENVS321)
                Level3
                Credit level30
                SemesterFirst Semester
                Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
                Aims

                1. To provide students with the opportunity to apply theorectical concepts to real-life situations

                2. To alow students to identify a research question, devise a research methodology and conduct a research project on a topic of their choice

                Learning Outcomes​​​

                Successful completion of this module will deliver the following learning outcomes:

                1. An understanding of how to use indepenent research to address a specific research question

                ​An understanding of how to design and carry out a research project to answer that question

                ​The ability to undertake and write-up an indpdendent review of the academic literature relating to a specific research question

                ​. The ability to collect, synthesise and analyse a large amount of primary and secondary data

                ​The ability to write-up a research project following academic conventions regarding structure and layout

                ​ A clearer understanding of how to time-manage a project to completion

                ​The ability to reflect on the skills learned and how different skills can be used in different contexts

              • Geography Work-based Dissertation (ENVS323)
                Level3
                Credit level30
                SemesterFirst Semester
                Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
                Aims

                The module aims:

                1. To provide students with the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts to real-life situations.
                2. To allow students to identify a research question, devise a research methodology and conduct a research project on a topic of their choice.
                3. To give students the opportunity to develop transferable skills in a workplace context.
                Learning Outcomes​​​

                Successful completion of this module will deliver the following learning outcomes:

                1. An understanding of how to use independent research to address a specific research question
                2. An understanding of how to design and carry out a research project to answer that question.
                3. The ability to undertake and write-up an independent review of the academic literature relating to a a specific research question
                4. The ability to collect, synthesise and analyse a large amount of primary and secondary data.
                5. The ability to write-up a research project following academic conventions regarding structure and layout.
                6. A clearer understanding of how to time-manage a project to completion
                7. The ability to reflect on the skills learned and how different skills can be used in different contexts
                8. Experience of working alongside a workplace partner to address a research question of relevance to that workplace.  
                9. The ability to write up research findings for a non-academic audience in the form of a report.
              • Field Class (barcelona) (ENVS350)
                Level3
                Credit level30
                SemesterSecond Semester
                Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
                Aims

                1. To design and carry out an urban-based field project appropriate for a short-duration field course

                2. To develop appropriate methodologies to carry out research in two locations and to implement these methodologies

                3. To gain an understanding of the advantages and difficulties of carrying out comparative research

                Learning OutcomesUnderstanding and experience of designing an appropriate research project for a short duration European field study.

                ​Experience of undertaking field research in a non-UK context

                ​Continued development of fieldwork and data analysis skills developed in previous modules

                ​Understanding of the appropriate methodologies for comparative research

                ​Students will be able to articulate the advantages and disadvantages of carrying out comparative research

              • Field Class (santa Cruz) (ENVS352)
                Level3
                Credit level30
                SemesterSecond Semester
                Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
                Aims

                To provide students with experience in:

                • Application of theory to practical field research.
                • General fieldwork skills (Critical observation, data collection and management, continual re-evaluation of progress, etc.).
                • Team work.
                • Synthesis, interpretation, and presentation of data obtained through independent research.
                • Group report writing.

                Learning Outcomes

                Identification of research questions from current research literature

                ​Formulation of a research proposal with appropriate scope for a short field study

                ​Implementation of a field research project

                ​Analysis and interpretation of findings

                ​Formal presentation of research findings in academic journal format

              Year Three Optional Modules

              • Climate Change - A Critical Review (ENVS389)
                Level3
                Credit level15
                SemesterSecond Semester
                Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
                Aims

                The module aims to provide students with the knowledge to evaluate likely outcomes climate change and climate variability over the next 100 years, to understand policy decisions at different levels, to obtain a critical understanding of climate predictions, and to understand the importance of reference to past and present climates.

                Learning Outcomes

                Evaluate a range of future climate change projections.​

                ​Recognise the likely impacts of climate change to a range of sectors.


                ​Learn how to engage with stakeholder communities with regard to climate change. 


                Produce effectively targeted report writing and visual communication​.

                ​Consider the multiple sector impact of climate change on societies

              • Coastal Environments: Spatial and Temporal Change (ENVS376)
                Level3
                Credit level15
                SemesterFirst Semester
                Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
                Aims

                This module aims to consider the response of physical processes and coastal environments to changes in sea-level and climate. Attention is given to the geomorphology of coastal environments, its response to external agents, as well as to possible coastal managment strategies. The module aims at proving students with knowledge and understanding of the physical processes acting along coastal areas, and to promote students capability to critically understand pros and cons of different managment tecniques in relation to future climate change.

                Learning Outcomes

                Knowledge and understanding of physical aspects of coastal environments

                ​​Knowledge and understanding of the concept of spatial and temporal variation: physical processes and landforms, and the importance of spatial and temporal scales

                ​​Knowledge and understanding of environments as a result of process and form interaction

                ​​Knowledge and understanding of methodologies of analysis and interpretation

                ​Development of an informed concern for the Earth and its people

                ​Capability to critically analyze real case studies in the context of previously acquired knowledge

              • Embodied and Everyday Geographies (ENVS344)
                Level3
                Credit level15
                SemesterFirst Semester
                Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
                Aims

                ·        to develop students'' critical understanding of therelationship between bodies, identities and everyday politics

                ·        to develop students'' critical understanding of the ways inwhich power operates on bodies at a range of scales including geopolitics,national health policy, the home and the media

                ·        to allow students to apply critical geographical theory(particularly feminist and poststructural theory) to case studies and examplesfrom contemporary geographical research​


                Learning Outcomes

                ​Have an understanding of feminist geography, feminist geopolitics and post structural theories

                Be able to engage with debates in the above fields​

                Have developed skills in reading and writing critically​

                Be able to recognise and critically assess the role of politics and governance in the practice of everyday life​

                ​Have an understanding of key concepts in the field including:- biopolitics, agency and autonomy, morality, power and resistance, citizenship and civility 

                ​Be able to link theoretical debates with empirical (academic) examples 

                ​Be able to provide critical commentary on the importance of politics and governance in everyday life

              • Fluvial Environments (ENVS372)
                Level3
                Credit level15
                SemesterSecond Semester
                Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
                Aims

                To develop understanding of functioning and stability/instability characteristics of fluvial geomorphic systems - in both humid and arid regions over timescales from the Pleistocene to the present day

                Learning Outcomes

                By the end of the module, a student should be able to:-
                1. Describe and analyse the functioning of fluvial systems and apply major concepts (Assessed by exam)




                 

                ​2. Explain the different temporal and spatial scales on which variations occur (Assessed by exam and essay)

                ​3. Analyse and evaluate the likely factors influencing fluvial responses (Assessed by essay and exam)

                4. Analyse and use field evidence of fluvial processes and landforms (Assessed by use of field experience in exam and essay)

                5. Critically evaluate and synthesise published literature (Assessed by essay)

              • Gender, the Body and Identity (SOCI315)
                Level3
                Credit level15
                SemesterFirst Semester
                Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
                Aims
              • To introduce and review developments in social, cultural and philosophical theories of gender.
              • ​To develop conceptual tools to understand and engage with feminist debates on gender, the body and identity.

              • ​To examine a number of different and contrasting theoretical approaches which place gender, the body and identity at the centre of analysis: including feminist sociology, radical feminism, corporeal feminism, post-structural feminism, black feminism, queer theory and material feminism

              • ​To evaluate the form and structure of feminist arguments on the meaning and experience of gender for understandings of the body and power. 

              • Learning Outcomes

                 Have knowledge of recent developments in social, philosophical and cultural theories of gender.

                ​Have an in depth understanding of the conceptual tools which surround theories of gender, the body and identity.

                ​Understand the key points of overlap and critical tensions between and within structuralist, constructivist, post-structuralist and materialist feminist theoretical frameworks.

                ​Demonstrate the relationship between theory, analysis and interpretation and the skills associated with evaluation and presentation.

              • Geographic Data Science (ENVS363)
                Level3
                Credit level15
                SemesterFirst Semester
                Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
                Aims
                1. The module provides students with core competences in Geographic Data Science (GDS). Thisincludes the following:

                  • Advancing their statistical and numerical literacy.

                  • Introducing basic principles of programming and state-of-the-art computational tools for GDS.

                  • Presenting a comprehensive overview of the main methodologies available to the Geographic Data Scientist, as well as their intuition as to how and when they can be applied.

                  • Focusing on real world applications of these techniques in a geographical and applied context.

                Learning OutcomesDemonstrate advanced GIS/GDS concepts and be able to use the tools programmaticallyto import, manipulate and analyse data in different formats.Understand the motivation and inner workings of the main methodological approaches ofGDS, both analytical and visual.Critically evaluate the suitability of a specific technique, what it can offer and how it canhelp answer questions of interest.Apply a number of spatial analysis techniques and how to interpret the results, in theprocess of turning data into information.

                ​When faced with a new data-set, work independently using GIS/GDS tools programmatically.

                 

              • Poland: Political, Social and Cultural Geographies Since 1939 (ENVS313)
                Level3
                Credit level15
                SemesterSecond Semester
                Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
                Aims

                This third year course will introduce students to specific geographical developments in Poland since 1939. The course will be stuctured around three key time periods: second world war, socialism, post-socialism. Within these, shifts in the control and use of space will be explored. The second world war theme will consider the impact of war on population and territory in Poland, and the subsequent contestations surrounding wartime memory within the country. A key focus will be on musuems and memorial sites as contested sites of memory. The second part of the course will consider the spatial dimensions of everyday life under socialism, including: political uses of public and private space, queuing and the shortage economy, imagined geographies of the west, resistances. The final section will investigate changes in Poland since 1989 - to what extent the country has ''returned to Europe'', the impact of shock therapy on social geographies, and how Poland is still working through socialist legacies. Special attention will also be given to Polish migration, before and after EU accession. Ultimately this module will enable an in-depth empircal knowledge of a key site of change in contemporary Europe, while encouringing deep engagement with a range of historical, political, social, cultural and post-socialist geographical readings.

                Learning Outcomes

                A deep understanding of the specific contexts of historical, political, social and cultural geographies of Poland

                ​An in-depth knowledge of the contested nature and emplacement of wartime remembering in Poland, the spatial dynamics of life under socialist rule, and seismic changes in Poland since 1989​

                ​A wider appreciation of shifting geo-political developments in Europe over the last few decades

                ​A good familiarity with the sub-disciplinary field of socialist/post-socialist geography

              • Geographies of Resistance (ENVS387)
                Level3
                Credit level15
                SemesterFirst Semester
                Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
                Aims

                Humans have constructed visions of a better world throughout history: in fact, social movement scholars argue that the history of humanity is the history of this struggle.  Certain protest technologies have existing throughout time: taking up arms to fight for what you believe in, or to defend a way of life.  Some forms of resistance date back to the nineteenth century: the strike, the march, the petition, sabotage.  More recently, social movements have used networks and social media to create what some argue are new forms of protest.  This course surveys how geographers and others have theorised protest, resistance and other strategies for change though a range of theoretical approaches and case studies.

                Learning Outcomes

                By the end of the unit, students will be able to:

                • Understand the range of protest technologies developed by social movements, and ways that they are conceptionalised;
                • Analyse contemporary social movements using these theoretical tools;
                • Understand the range of protest technologies available to social movements;
                • Analyse the development of a specific social movement using social movement theory;
                • Understand the range of responses open to opponents of social movements that enable them to support or retard their aims;
                • Analyse how protest and mobilisation both from grassroots and elite groups has accelerated and limited the possibilities for progress towards social change;

              • Human-environmental Interactions (ENVS315)
                Level3
                Credit level15
                SemesterFirst Semester
                Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
                Aims

                The module aims to demonstrate and review how successful management of modern and future landscapes often requires a long time perspective.

                Learning Outcomes

                Learning outcomes are: a knowledge of appropriate theory about environmental change

                ​a deeper understanding of interactions between human activities and landscape in space and time

                a critical view of the assumptions on which landscape management decisions and future modelled states are based; ​
              • Ireland: Political, Social and Cultural Geographies (ENVS399)
                Level3
                Credit level15
                SemesterSecond Semester
                Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
                Aims

                ​Students will develop their knowledge of Irish cultural geography .

                Students will gain insight into the impact of human activity on the Irish landscape.

                The module seeks to foster an undertanding of contemporary Irish identity,culture, society and politics.

                The module aims to develop students'' skills of interdisciplinary study relating Ireland and it''s past.

                Learning Outcomes

                ​Students will obtain an overview of Irish cultural geography from human settlement until the present.

                ​​Students will gain insight into the impact of human activity on the Irish landscape.

                ​​Students will develop knowlege of contemporary Irish identity

                ​​Students will develop interdisciplinary study skills.

              • Issues in Geography (ENVS385)
                Level3
                Credit level15
                SemesterSecond Semester
                Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
                Aims

                1

                To give students the chance to examine a topic or an approach which is new to them. By Year 3, students usually have well-focused areas of study, based on dissertations and module choices. This module allows students to take a step back from this focus and to consider new areas of investigation.

                2

                To extend and assess students'' abilities in a range of areas, emphasising communication skills:

                - Identification of a suitable area of study
                - Independent research skills
                - Proposal writing
                - Oral presentation
                - Essay writing

                Learning Outcomes

                Identify and formulate a topic, requiring information gathering and synthesis of widely ranging information types

                ​Effectively communicate ideas through oral and written media

                ​Competently handle current communications technology

                ​Synthesise arguments and evidence

              • Maritime Geographies (ENVS339)
                Level3
                Credit level15
                SemesterSecond Semester
                Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
                Aims

                 

                     

                The aim of this module is to enable students to develop:

                 

                1)  A critical understanding of how historically, maritime worlds haveshaped global geographies;

                 

                2)  An awareness of how physically, the seas have shaped port cities;

                 

                3)  A deep knowledgeof how in the present era, oceans are vital to legal,economic and environmental concerns.

                 

                 

                 

                Learning Outcomes

                Communicate knowledge ofthe place of seas and oceans in the discipline of geography;

                Demonstratea critical understanding of understanding how historically, maritime worlds haveshaped global geographies; how physically, the seas have shaped and impact onport cities; and in the present era how oceans are vital to legal, economic andenvironmental concerns;

                ​ Engagecritically with literature and documentation concerning maritime geographies;

                Criticallyassess and evaluate the geographies of seas and oceans in the context of maritime Merseyside. 

                ​Presentknowledge and critical discussion of the role of maritime worlds for physical andhuman geographies in written form.

              • Natural Hazards and Society (ENVS319)
                Level3
                Credit level15
                SemesterFirst Semester
                Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
                Aims

                To introduce contextual perspectives on a variety of natural hazards, the different levels of impact on human societies and the mitigation/adaptation strategies adopted before, during and after an extreme natural event.

                Learning Outcomes

                An understanding of the physical and societal definitions of a natural hazard

                An understanding of the processes leading to geophysical, hydrological, meteorological and climatological hazards

                ​An awareness of the vulnerability of societies

                ​An appreciation of the costs on these extremes events on societies

                ​Acquire a sound knowledge on mitigation and adaptation strategies for each type of natural hazard

              • Peace Activism in A Dangerous World (IRIS322)
                Level3
                Credit level15
                SemesterFirst Semester
                Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
                Aims
                1. To provide a detailed overview of the different forms of peacebuilding that have taken place both within Northern Ireland and globally.  

                2. To investigate the role that such activism has played in Peace Processes and in post-conflict transformation.

                3. To assess its efficacy. ​

                Learning Outcomes

                Students will acquire an understanding of the nature of  peace activism in Northern Ireland and other conflicts, such as the Balkans and Rwanda

                They will be able to determine its relevance both socially and politically, make comparisons between the different forms of work and understand the key debates within the field. ​

                Through their seminar presentations and written work, students will develop analytical and research skills by using a wide-range of source material, such as first-hand accounts of those directly involved and government reports as well as the academic literature. ​

                The seminars will encourage students to debate the merits of primary sources and present arguments concisely. ​

              • Politics of the Environment (ENVS325)
                Level3
                Credit level15
                SemesterFirst Semester
                Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
                Aims

                This unit is designed to critically evaluate the political responses to the growing impact that environmental issues and the concept of sustainability are having on decision making at all levels of governance, (international, national and local). More specifically the unit aims to: 

                1)         develop an understanding of the growing importance of environmental and sustainable development thinking in political decision-making processes; 

                2)         explore different environmental attitudes, values and perspectives and examine the impact on various political perspectives;  

                3)         develop an understanding of the opportunities and limitations of environmental decision making international dimension of environmental politics and its impact on nation states; 

                4)         understand the role that environmental pressure groups have in shaping political decisions at the international, national and local levels of governance; 

                5)         explore the policy responses at national and local levels to the new emerging environmental agenda

                Learning Outcomesan appreciation of how environmental issues are being developed at all levels of governance

                ​an understanding of different environmental values and attitudes and the way that these impact upon political philosophy and decision-making;

                an understanding of the way that various environmental interest groups impact on political and other decision making processes an understanding of the way that various environmental intereste groups impact on political and other decision making processes 
                 

              • Postcolonial Geographies (ENVS334)
                Level3
                Credit level15
                SemesterFirst Semester
                Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
                Aims

                This level three module aims to explore the relevance of postcolonial ideas to understanding the contemporary world.

                The module will also aims to applying theoretical ideas to a number of case studies. The first section will deal with colonialism and its legacies in formerly colonised areas, particularly South Asia. This section will allow students to critically interrogate processes such as development and political activism in the global south. The second section of the module will deal with the effects of colonialism on countries which are former colonial powers, and will allow students to interpret processes such as migration and multiculturalism.

                Learning Outcomes

                By the end of this module, students will understand the historical origins of global interdependence and inequality;




                ​An understanding of how postcolonial theory has challenged ''Western'' schools of thought (such as ''development'', or the idea of ''Orientalism'')


                ​An understanding of the ''real-world'' consequences of imperialism and colonialism in the present (for example, the effects of ''multiculturalism'' in different countries).

                Students will understand the interlinked relationships between peoples (e.g. ethnicities, cultures) and places (e.g. nations, regions);

                ​By the end of the module, students will have the ability to apply postcolonial theories to contemporary case studies

                Through the module assessment, students will develop skills in the analysis of cultural products (e.g. film, television, museum exhibits)

              • 'race', Community and Identity (SOCI346)
                Level3
                Credit level15
                SemesterSecond Semester
                Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
                Aims
              • To explore the impact of colonialism on patterns of migration to Britain in the post war period and the creation of greater ethnic diversity.

                 

              • To examine the changing nature of racism as an ideology by exploring and contextualising scientific and institutional forms of racisms and ''newer'' manifestations through Islamophobia. 

              • To examine the conflictual relationship between the state and minority ethnic communities through an examination of specific case studies

              • To unpack constructions of ethnic and national identity in the context of post-colonial Britain

              • Learning Outcomes

                To critically distingusih and evaluate different academic and political perspectives.

                Display an awareness of continuity and historical change in relation to ''race'' and British society

                To have some understanding of the relationship between broader socio-economic and political context and the issues of ''race'' and identify

                Recognise the way Britain''s former imperial position has impacted upon recent pluralities of identity and multicultural development

              • Social and Spatial Inequalities (ENVS357)
                Level3
                Credit level15
                SemesterSecond Semester
                Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
                Aims

                ·       Gain anunderstanding of several core areas of social and spatial inequalities and howthese inter-relate, and to engage with academic debates about these issues

                ·       Explore evidencefor, and interpretations of, social and spatial inequalities (eg labour market,ethnic, spatial aspects of poverty)

                ·       Gain anunderstanding of the geographies of social inequalities, including whyinequalities are not equal between places, and what the implications of thisunevenness are for individuals and communities

                ·       ​Consider howand why social inequalities have persisted and/or changed over time, withreference to allied theories and empirical evidence

                ·       Gain acritical understanding of the meaning and measurement of inequalities, povertyand deprivation

                ·       Identify andreview the types of data sources that can be used to explore social and spatialinequalities​

                ·       Explore thewider UK context for the development of social and spatial inequalities,including economic restructuring and welfare reform​

                ·       Considerrepresentations of inequalities in the media, policy and political debate

                ·       Consider anumber of policy developments/responses to problems of social and spatialinequalities, and to highlight their impact​

                Learning Outcomes

                Develop anunderstanding of social and spatial inequalities, how these inter-relate, andhow the terms have been (mis-)used in academic, political, policy and public discourses

                ​Develop anunderstanding of how and why social and spatial inequalities might havepersisted over time, and review the empirical evidence for this

                ​Understand how and why social inequalities havespecific geographies and can be concentrated in particular areas orneighbourhoods​

                Understand the difficulties in defining andmeasuring social and spatial inequalities, and how such definitions may relateto broader theories, perspectives or frameworks of relevance​​Gain insightinto a range of government responses that have been developed to combat socialinequalities and related issues in the UK, at the regional and sub-regionallevel ​​   

              • Social Justice in A Post-secular Age (IRIS335)
                LevelQ6
                Credit level15
                SemesterSecond Semester
                Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
                Aims

                ​To provide students with an understanding of both secular and religious concepts of social justice

                To investigate the role that social justice activism can play in society

                Learning Outcomes

                Students will acquire an understanding of the nature of social justice, both in secular and religious contexts.

                Students will be able to determine its relevance both politically and socially, make comparisons between the different forms of work and understand the key debates in the field.

                ​Through their seminar presentations and written work, students will develop analytical and research skills by using a wide range of source material, such as government and NGO reports as well as the academic literature.

                ​The seminars will encourage students to debate the merits of sources and present arguments concisely.

              • Teaching Geography (ENVS308)
                Level3
                Credit level15
                SemesterWhole Session
                Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
                Aims

                ​Provide key transferable skills including: communication; presentation; practical classroom skills and team working

                Provide teaching experience for undergraduates who are considering teaching as a potential career

                Encourage a new generation of geography teachers

                Provide role models for pupils within schools located in areas of high deprivation

                Learning Outcomes

                ​An understanding of the UK educational system and relevant teaching and learning styles

                An understanding of Geography learning activites that link to the National Curriculum​

                ​The ability to mentor A-level Geography students

                The ability to deliver and reflect on a learnnig activity targetted at secondary school pupils​

                Understanding of the relevant protocols and safeguarding practice relevant to working with school children​

              The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.


              Teaching and Learning

              To help you meet the intellectual and practical challenges of studying Geography, our programmes are taught using a student centred approach, involving a range of learning experiences. These include:

              • Small tutor groups (typically eight students) through all years
              • High levels of field based learning within the UK and abroad
              • An emphasis on active, problem-based learning (‘learning by doing’) Hands-on experience of cutting-edge laboratory technologies in physical geography
              • Innovative GIS, statistical and qualitative research methodologies and community consultation in human geography
              • Supervised independent and group project work, including (for Single Honours degrees) a final year independent research-based dissertation supervised by a dedicated expert in the field.

              A number of the School’s degree programmes involve laboratory and fieldwork. The fieldwork is carried out in various locations, ranging from inner city to coastal and mountainous environments. We consider applications from prospective students with disabilities on the same basis as all other students, and reasonable adjustments will be considered to address barriers to access.


              Assessment

              Assessments are designed around developing skills and styles of communication that will be relevant to future employers. So, in addition to exams and essays, you will also undertake assessments that include computer-based exercises, oral presentations, policy briefs, field projects, and research reports. Single Honours Geography students complete a compulsory 10,000-word dissertation in their final year on a topic of their choice. This is your opportunity to develop skills as an independent academic researcher, supported on a one-to-one basis by an expert in the field.