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  • Objectives
    -to provide students with a broad appreciation of the methodological, philosophical and theoretical issues and perspective involved in human geography through examining an extensive body of work; -to provide students with exposure to specialised courses in substantive geographical issues which reflect key areas of expertise within the subject; -to give students a comprehensive overview of the data sources and methods (of data collection, gathering and analysis) human geographers draw upon in the production of research; -to train students to become autonomous and self-aware life-long learners, able to apply their existing knowledge and skills in an innovative way in a variety of contexts; -to train students in the skill of developing and presenting an argument in a persuasive manner and encourage them to explore issues and literature under their own initiative; -to develop students' generic transferable skills in: individual and group presentations, communication, analytical and research skills.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements: Applicants are expected to hold an Upper Second Class Honours degree, or the international equivalent, in Geography or a related discipline.
  • Academic Title
    Human Geography MA
  • Course description
    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.

    Module details

    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.

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