PRACTICE OF GEOGRAPHY
Dr B. Page, Dr C Lemanski, Dr J Holmes, Dr M Disney & Dr A Varley
Unit value:0.5 units Year 2 Term: 2
Brief Course Description
The course teaches students about the nature and practice of geographical research. It is practical in character, emphasizing why and how research is undertaken and the choices which may be made between different methodological options.
The overall objective of the course is for students to learn about the process of doing geographical research. In support of this objective, the course will familiarise students with debates about the appropriate character of geographical research and the knowledge it produces. The course will also familiarise students with the practical conduct of geographical research, including undergraduate dissertation research. Through this dual approach the course aims to help undergraduate students to produce high quality dissertations.
In consequence the course aims to:
a) make further progress with the first year themes on geographical ideas and fieldwork;
b) build on the development of research techniques taught in other courses (eg GEOG2002, GEOG2003).
c) equip students to produce high quality undergraduate dissertations to be handed in during year three.
Framing research issues (including case examples of research practice). The research process (design, topic definition, data construction and analysis, presentation). Practical skills of planning, writing, supervision, etc.
Method of Teaching
Lectures and seminars.
Form of Assessment
A dissertation summary (Reading week - 10%)
A dissertation proposal (Final week of term - 90%)
Pre-requisites and Relationships to other courses
Assumed prerequisites include first year courses on ‘Ideas in Geography’ (GEOG1006) and ‘Writing and Analysis in Geography’ (GEOG1008). Course linked to at least one of ‘Methods in Physical Geography’ (GEOG2002) and ‘Methods in Human Geography’ (GEOG2003).