This programme aims to give students a wide-ranging and intensive introduction to the breadth and depth of contemporary research in the area of human geography. It provides a broad, intensive, formally assessed research and personal skills training taht will lay the foundations for a sucessful research career, whether in terms of PhD studies, or in the world of consultancy or policy-making.
On completion of the programme, students will have gained a theoretical and practical understanding of the fundamental philosophies, methods and issues involved in social science research in general and human geographic research in particular, and will have acquired the transferable skills to take them on to future employment.
The programme links together the key concerns of both geographers and policy-makers. Course units are taught using 'real world' examples of cultural, economic, environmental and political change, and are informed by contrasting theoretical positions.
Participants in the programme benefit from the expertise and current research experiences of teaching staff, who are involved in a range of projects investigating cultural, economic, political, social and urban geographical change.
You undertake four core course units, covering a mix of substantive and research training. You are also free to choose from a suite of substantive and research methods courses across the social sciences.
Core course units include:
-Doing Geographical Research I: Philosophies and Methodologies
-Doing Geographical Research II: Project Design
-Horizons in Human Geography
-Quantitative Research Methods
-Qualitative Research Methods
Optional units typically include:
-Spaces of Culture: Critical Approaches to Cultural Geography
-Space of Globalisation
-Spaces of Health
-Spaces of Nature: Geographical Political Economy and the Environment
-Spaces of Technology
-Marxism and The Geographies of Capitalism
-Environment and Development
In addition, students select one optional unit outside Human Geography from an approved list. A wide range of options are made available, both inside and outside the discipline, with students typically taking courses offered in either the School of Environment and Development (Architecture, Geography, IDPM, Planning) or the School of Social Sciences (Economics, Government, Social Anthropology, Sociology).
Examples of optional units include: Making Places: Neighbourhood Development; Discourses on Terrorism; ; GIS for Social Analysis; Globalisation, Regionalism and the State; International Political Economy; Industries, Corporations, Governments; Gender, Welfare and Employment; The Political Sociology of Labour.
Availability of optional units will vary from year to year.