Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years full-time
UCAS code: L700
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

Our Geography (Human) degree is ideal for anyone who wants to learn about people, their communities, cultures and environments.

Our Geography (Human) degree explores the historical and current economic, social and cultural processes that shape our societies and ourselves.

You will explore processes such as colonialism, capitalism and globalisation that have shaped and continue to shape human geographies.

Topics such as urban marginalisation, smart city initiatives, regeneration and transformation, and geographies of the economy and the global financial system are studied to better understand our future.

The course programme is delivered by enthusiastic staff who are all experts in their field. You’ll study in a department with high levels of student satisfaction, small class sizes, free fieldwork provision, friendly and supportive staff and excellent facilities.

    On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Geography, Human

    Course content

    In Years 1 and 2, you’ll develop your knowledge of globalisation and global economic development, urban sustainability and urban regeneration, social and cultural geography, and environmental issues. You’ll also learn a wide range of social research techniques, and explore field investigation, data analysis, and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

    In Year 3, you’ll take a number of specialist human geography modules to develop an advanced knowledge of your subject area, such as Global Cities, and Food, Agriculture and Sustainability. You’ll also complete either a dissertation or a work placement project.

    Our generous fieldwork provision is included in the cost of your tuition fees, so you’ll pay nothing extra. In Year 1, you’ll attend a residential weekend field course and have a number of regional field days. In Year 2, you will have a week-long UK residential field course, and in Year 3 you’ll go on a week-long international residential trip.

    Modules

    This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

    Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

    Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

    Year 1

    Semester 1
    Module title
    People and Places: An introduction to Human Geography Compulsory
    World Politics Compulsory
    Geographical Skills and Tutorials Compulsory
    World Regional Geography Compulsory
    Semester 2
    Module title
    People and Places: An introduction to Human Geography Compulsory
    World Politics Compulsory
    Geographical Skills and Tutorials Compulsory
    Global Challenges Compulsory

    Year 2

    Semester 1
    Module title
    Urban Worlds Compulsory
    International Society: From Westphalia to the Present Compulsory
    Advanced Practical and Fieldwork Skills for Geographers Compulsory
    Geographers in the Real World Compulsory
    Semester 2
    Module title
    Urban Worlds Compulsory
    International Society: From Westphalia to the Present Compulsory
    Advanced Practical and Fieldwork Skills for Geographers Compulsory
    Project Preparation and Planning Compulsory

    Year 3

    Semester 1
    Module title
    Geography Independent Research Project or Geography in the Workplace Compulsory
    Professional Practice and Careers for Geography Graduates Compulsory
    Advanced Geography Fieldwork Compulsory
    Semester 2
    Module title
    People, Technology, Place Compulsory
    Food, Agriculture and Sustainability Optional
    Geographies of Health Optional
    Geographic Information Systems Optional
    US Power and the Global Economy Optional
    Conflict and Journalism Optional
    Geography Research Assistantship Optional
    Advanced Geography Fieldwork Compulsory

    Teaching staff

    You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.