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BA single honours or in combination with another subject Geography 2019/20

Year of entry

 This degree provides a challenging programme of modules, which demonstrate the importance of geography to a wide range of contemporary socio-economic, cultural, political and environmental issues.

You will have the flexibility to choose from a range of human geography modules, depending on your interest and career plans, with a bias towards human geography in the final year.

You will develop your understanding of the world through a combination of theoretical and practical investigations, including fieldwork in the local region throughout your degree. You will also have the opportunity to take part in further residential, foreign fieldwork in years one and two.

You will explore areas including:

  • geography of a changing world
  • world regional geography
  • the physical environment.

Our Geography course reflects the diversity and scope of the subject and introduces you to the major changes in the contemporary world and to the diversity of places, cultures and environments. Staff are involved in a number of exciting research projects which feed into our teaching, and enjoy keen engagement with students throughout the course.

We teach Geography as an applied discipline that gives you a wide range of employment options as a graduate. The main features of our Geography degree include the opportunity for fieldwork in each year, and an emphasis on specialist and transferable skills which will help you in everyday life, further study and employment.

We are a small and caring team of geographers in the attractive, historical and vibrant city of Canterbury. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly we offer a valuable teaching and learning in a friendly and supportive environment, where you are not just another face in the crowd.

You can study French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as part of, or alongside, your course.

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The first year follows a common core of six modules which provides the basis for the degree, introducing basic concepts, integrating fieldwork (both local and international), data collection and analysis, and combining theory and practice in both physical and human geography at a variety of scales from local to global. The importance of understanding issues in sustainable development is introduced and embedded within these modules. One key skill developed will be the use of GIS.

The second and third years allow you to develop a degree which suits your particular interests and career aspirations. You will have a choice from a range of human and physical geography modules in addition to further modules in GIS, depending on your interest and career plans, but will bias towards human geography in your final year Independent Study and final year core module.

In addition to fieldwork undertaken as part of the degree, optional field visits to Dublin and Berlin are run most years.

Work experience

You will have the opportunity to undertake work­related experience through summer internships. These include both funded internships through the university, or those organised by the students themselves with outside organisations. An optional Placement module is also available in your second year if you wish to enhance your employability skills further.

Recent examples of internships include a habitat and biodiversity survey of the university's estate, including use of a geographical information system (GIS), and another involved to research into cartography in the news media's coverage of geopolitical and environmental issues. An example of an external internship included work for a company to analyse the impact of air traffic noise from London's airports on house prices.

Other information

Up to two year two Single Honours Geography students are able to undertake their second year modules in the Geography Department at Lethbridge University, Canada, as part of the Geography Exchange Programme. The Exchange has run successfully for over 10 years, with students stating what a great experience it is both academically and as a life experience. This exchange programme carries credit for the students who have their grades translated back to the home university and thus count towards their final degree classification.

Martin Davis, a former student has gone on to extend his undergraduate research project on Soviet mapping into a PhD and is now a university instructor. Martin said: 

"My undergraduate degree was an excellent stepping­stone into research and also taught me a wide range of technical skills in geographic information systems (GIS) that I now teach to a new generation of students."

Core modules

Year 1

Basic Cartography and GIS (20 credits)
(Option for Combined Honours)

This module introduces the practical and theoretical aspects of mapping, especially cartographic design and geographical information systems (GIS). It provides a strong conceptual foundation for approaching the key issues of scale and generalisation, and introduces you to the fundamentals of cartographic design with a view to regarding cartographic visualisation as a key output of GIS. The module regards maps as important tools for capturing and communicating environmental information but also as selective representations that can evoke a sense of place. It introduces the origins and development of cartography, and utilises a range of relevant case studies to explain the principles, techniques, and applications of mapping and GIS. The module will equip you with a wide range of practical skills, as a substantial component of the module is the provision of 'hands­on' experience in cartographic design and in building a GIS with industry standard hardware and software.

Contemporary Human Geography * (20 credits)
(Option for Combined Honours)

The module focuses on a number of distinct human geography themes including how the discipline has developed and what constitutes human geography concerns as well as sub­disciplines of human geography including urban, economic, development and population geography. Additionally, the module provides an understanding of why 'where­ness' (space, place, region, location, territory, distance, scale) matters, and demonstrates how human geographical concepts and skills can be used in providing insight and potential solutions to contemporary local and global issues. The module provides both an introduction to contemporary human geography at level 4 and a comprehensive and wide­ranging framework for a more detailed study in human geography at subsequent levels of the degree programmes.

Introduction to Environmental Issues * (20 credits)
(Option for Combined Honours)

This module provides an introduction to approaches to the environment in Geography and aims to encourage a critical approach to environmental issues through an increased awareness of their social, historical, and political context. The module contributes directly to building awareness of environmental stewardship and global citizenship. Beginning with the place of humans in the environment, the module explores the relationship between people and nature and how environmental values have changed over time. This will include an examination of how the ‘environment’ has been conceived in Geography and consider evidence for the rise of humans as a driver of change in the global environment. Key concepts such as nature, place, sustainability and resilience will be introduced.

Introduction to the Physical Environment * (20 credits)
(Option for Combined Honours)

This introductory module examines the broad area of Environmental Geography. It develops awareness of the essential concepts, principles and theories of how environmental processes work and starts to challenge some commonly held pre­conceptions. The module adopts a systematic approach to physical geography and starts by discussing how the nature of the discipline has developed over time. The module develops understanding of a selection of environmental processes, ranging from land­based processes to those controlling the oceans and the atmosphere. The module also considers how the processes are dynamic and cause change and may be applied to sustainable management of the environment. The module shows how understanding environmental processes is essential if the landscape is to be interpreted.

Investigating Landscape: Continuity and Change (20 credits)
(Core for all students)

This module provides a balanced and varied introduction to a range of fundamental geographical methods, techniques and resources that are relevant to studying social and physical environments. The module introduces, applies and develops basic geographical field, cartographic and analytical techniques both statistical and non­statistical, together with the relevant key concepts through practical projects and/or exercises. To develop skills and techniques across a variety of fields within geography, the module is organised into two sections, each focusing on one holistic geographical theme exploring the changing landscapes of Kent. Two case studies will explore the interplay between humans and their environment, in response to economic, political, technological and social change over time. Reference to early phases of development (e.g. coastal resorts) will be complemented by an examination of contemporary issues relating to strategic planning and policy in the region. Living with Uncertainty in the Environment

Living with Uncertainty in the Environment (20 credits)
(Single Honours only)

Fieldwork has a central role within the geography programmes and residential fieldwork re­affirms the active engagement with the wider world which itself is a hallmark of a geographical education. This module applies the skills techniques learned in the Investigating Landscape module, but in an international context in Tenerife. The module examines the different ways that uncertainty is a key element that all societies have to live with, whether environmental hazards or the uncertainties of socio­economic change in a globalised world. In addition, the module ensures you are aware of good fieldwork practice and introduces and practises a range of field survey methods.

* If you are a Single Honours student and wish to take a language you can opt out of ONE of these modules

Year 2

Geographical Investigation and Research (20 credits)
(Option for Combined Honours)

Geographical Investigation and Research has a central role within the geography programme. It introduces you to the scope and academic identity of geography as a discipline, developing your ability to identify, investigate and solve problems by deploying suitable research strategies combining appropriate methods and techniques for geographical analysis. The module emphasises the relevance of geography to human and physical environments and will evaluate the role of the geographer as an independent researcher with a wide range of employability skills. By emphasising the identity of the discipline, the module will enhance your self­awareness as geographers and provide a focus for reflection on possible future careers. With that in mind there will be an emphasis on using software that is considered to be “industry standard” for data analysis and research thus enhancing both numeracy and the digital literacy of the students.

Field Investigation in Geography (20 credits)
(Option for Combined Honours)

Field Investigation is another residential field module, undertaken in Malta, supporting the active engagement with the wider world which is a hallmark of a geographical education. An important aim of the module, therefore, is to enable you to appreciate that universal processes and relationships are modified at local scales by the particular characteristics of individual places. By doing this, it aims to promote greater empathy and to develop a heightened awareness of regional identity and difference. The module provides an invaluable opportunity for you to undertake structured investigations in an unfamiliar international geographical setting, drawing especially on the methods and techniques introduced within the module Geographical Investigation and Research. The module introduces a range of field survey techniques, some of which will be practised during the residential field week to ensure that those students who undertake a field­based Independent Study at Level 6 are sufficiently prepared.

Year 3

Independent Study in Human Geography (40 credits)
(Option for Combined Honours)

The Independent Study in Human Geography should be seen as the culmination of your learning experience in Geography. The Study draws upon the wide range of intellectual and key skills developed throughout the programme, and applies those skills towards the completion of an individual and substantial piece of research work related to an area of interest within human geography, while recognising that integration with physical geography may be necessary. This module requires you to undertake independent work and display individual thought and initiative in the analysis and interpretation of geographical issues. In consultation with your supervisor, you will be expected to give due consideration to the ethical issues involved in research, and to address these issues in your project.

Exploring Critical Human Geographies (20 credits)
(Option for Combined Honours)

The aim of this module is to provide the opportunity for you to focus on topics in Human Geography not delivered elsewhere in the BA programme with a view towards developing specific knowledge, skills and currency in an area where you hope to improve your employability in a flexible and responsive learning environment. The module aims to expand your learning horizons through exploration of a particular sub­ field or specialisation within Human Geography. In addition, you will be encouraged to enhance your critical, analytical and writing skills. It may be possible to link the aims of the module specifically to work­ based learning and/or placement earlier in the programme thus integrating knowledge gained in the work place back into the academic curriculum.

Likely optional modules

Year 2

Biogeography and Landscape Ecology (20 credits)

This module examines the distribution of organisms and soils in space and time, and the environmental factors, including anthropogenic, that determine or limit these distributions. The module introduces landscape ecology and its importance in conservation management. It introduces the world's major biomes and a more detailed study of habitats and micro­habitats by drawing on a range of areas within the geographic and life sciences. Key concepts such as disturbance ecology and island biogeography theory are introduced. Biogeographical and landscape ecological processes are also important to other fields of geography; for example, food production systems, sustainable livelihoods, etc., and the module introduces you to human impacts on biogeographic systems and studies the means by which these systems can be managed in a sustainable manner.

Environment and Development (20 credits)

This module explores the challenge of reconciling economic growth with environmental conservation in the context of the rural Global South. The module seeks to strengthen your understanding of the linkages between poverty and the environment and introduce key frameworks of analysis (political ecology; institutional analysis; gender and development; livelihoods analysis). These will be illustrated with reference to a specific region to deepen understanding of the historical and geographical context of contemporary environmental issues. The module contributes directly to your awareness of social and environmental injustice. You will develop knowledge of other places and cultures and contribute to debates around sustainable global futures.

The Human Geography of North America (20 credits)

This module develops your understanding of the contemporary geography of the USA and Canada and reflects upon the dominant processes of spatial change in a dynamic and innovative global region. It critically and objectively makes the links between the physical environment, the built environment, post­industrial landscapes and societal change using primary sources of data and information. The module adopts a thematic approach exploring the distinctive historical development of North America and its people, North American urbanism, North American political economy and North American futures. Throughout, there is frequent reference to regions and places so that you can appreciate the huge variations that exist at a variety of spatial and temporal scales. The United States is often cited as a global incubator for ideas, mainly in the area of the post­ industrial economy and its landscapes making this module particularly desirable if you wish to enhance your employability in the field of planning and economic development.

Coastal and Glacial Geomorphology (20 credits)

Understanding of the well­established principles of process geomorphology is a prerequisite for any sustainable environmental management. This module examines the processes that operate within two core geomorphological systems (coastal processes and glacial processes) and shows the relationship between process and landform within a modern conceptual framework. It provides the opportunity to develop a range of intellectual, discipline specific, and graduate attributes that will be used in the field and laboratory to provide data that will be used for critical analysis, problem solving and interpretation of an environment and to produce a reasoned scientific argument structured as a research paper.

Europe: Culture, Identity and Landscape (20 credits)

This module explores geographical issues surrounding European cultures, identities and landscapes through the concepts and methods of cultural geography. It develops an understanding of cultural geography as a dynamic sub­field within geography, allowing you to apply its concepts and methods more broadly, for example to understand similar issues in other world regions. The module encourages a reflective engagement of current issues relating to place and identity in Europe by exploring the interplay between regional, national and trans­national allegiances. The module achieves this through a focus on visual representation, drawing on research expertise in cartography and other media (e.g. landscape art, music, film), and through an exploration of themes in cultural geography, from the local (e.g. a sense of place and valued landscapes) to the global (e.g., the concept of 'orientalism'). The module provides an understanding of the challenges of European integration and territorial cohesion, particularly with regard to issues surrounding ethnicity, nationalism and national identity.

Geographic Information Science and Visualization (20 credits)

This module develops understanding of the practical and theoretical aspects of geographic information science and visualization, particularly with regard to the key technologies of geographical information systems (GIS) and remote sensing. By adopting an integrated approach, the module introduces a range of techniques for spatial analysis in GIS (e.g. proximity, network and 3D methods of analysis) and for image processing and analysis in remote sensing (e.g. normalized difference vegetation index and supervised/unsupervised methods of classification). The module, therefore, introduces a range of theoretical and practical issues surrounding the retrieval and utilisation of primary and secondary data sources, such as metadata, errors and standards, for the application of GIS and remote sensing technologies to real geographical problems. A knowledge of the issues surrounding how geographical data can be captured, explored and visualized are combined with hands­on practical skills for communicating the results of geospatial analysis effectively, e.g. through the application of sound principles of cartographic design.

Placement in Geography (20 credits)

This optional module gives you the opportunity to apply your geographical knowledge in practice in order to enhance your employability status. It will synthesise and consolidate prior learning in geography and to apply that knowledge to address contemporary problems. The module will develop transferrable skills through exposure to the challenges of working in the 'real world'. This will give you the opportunity to research, identify and negotiate a placement, further reinforcing your key skills and employability when entering the graduate job market.

Regions of Risk: Human and Environmental Security (20 credits)

The module examines a critical component of the people­environment relationship, namely the variability of vulnerability to environmental hazards over geographical areas and socio­economic groups, and to the processes of change driving contemporary trends in disaster risk. It examines the ways in which events in geophysical or biological systems interact with human systems in a chain of causes in disasters and the varying strategies employed to reduce disaster risk.

Understanding Past Climate Change (20 credits)

Climatic change is a major concern to the world today, but understanding past climates could provide managers with vital information. This module examines the nature and scale of climatic change by examining the methods used to identify and assess change and the range of concepts and theories proposed to explain the varying changes identified. In addition, the module will critically examine the problems that scientists still have to address in examining climate change. It provides a geological context for understanding present­day environmental change and develops awareness of the interaction between oceanic, atmospheric and cryospheric systems in explaining change and develops understanding of the mechanisms and theories used to explain past climatic change. It examines the types of evidence and methods used by scientists to reconstruct past climates and environments.

Year 3

Arctic and Arid Environments (20 credits)

This module examines the interactions between human and physical processes in two extreme environments: Arctic and arid. It will examine the physical processes responsible for present­day change in these environments and investigate key issues affecting the environments from both a human and physical geography perspective, with a particular emphasis on recent and future climate change and how this may affect the functioning of these environments. Furthermore, the impact of changing Arctic and arid environments on both ecosystems and human activity will be outlined.

City, Society, Space (20 credits)

The module aims to provide an understanding of the key theoretical ideas in the study of urban social geography over the past 20­30 years and to locate these in the development of the sub­discipline. It will introduce a number of substantive topics in the field of urban social geography and explores the different theoretical perspectives that have characterised the emergence of particular areas of interest. The topics explored include social inequality and exclusion, gender and sexuality, crime, security and surveillance, community and locality, disability, race and ethnicity. You will look at recent research in these areas and encounter a range of examples.

Coastal Environments (20 credits)

This module aims to utilise coastal environments to critically evaluate the complex interactions between nature and society associated with the evolution and management of environmental systems. It explores examples drawn from a wide range of coastal settings (e.g. arctic to tropics) and highlight the importance of placing current management approaches into the context of longer term evolution. It also utilises data drawn from a coastal setting to develop skills in data presentation and analysis. Specifically, the module evaluates the principal controls on short and long term evolution of contrasting coastal environments; examines the nature and possible impacts of coastal hazards; evaluates how society can best manage the coastal environment and its associated hazards; and assesses the causes and consequences of sea level change during the past, present and future.

Exploring the Global Economy (20 credits)

The module examines the key themes in the study of economic geography and associated systems and enables you to situate economic geography within a wider understanding of global change. Given the global nature of the module, international perspectives are paramount and made explicit throughout, as a focus on sustainable and resilient futures should bring benefit to all global citizens. In particular, the module examines spatial outcomes of economic theory, policy and issues at a variety of spatial scales. In a globalising world it is important that you recognise the role the economic decision­making process plays in conceptualising the distinctive nature of particular places while also highlighting difference and inequality between places, thus challenging cultural bias and stereotyping. The module emphasises the dynamic nature of the global economy and provide an understanding of, and framework for, change at more localised levels.

Geopolitics: Space, Place and Power (20 credits)

The aim of the module is to develop understanding of the contemporary world system and the political interaction between states by introducing the scope and methods of political geography as a dynamic sub­field within human geography. It explores the fundamental geographical processes that are used to control territory and, when and where possible, to project power beyond the territory of the state, to subjugate, develop or exploit other spaces. The module introduces key concepts such as world­systems theory, and critically evaluates the extent to which these ideas can provide frameworks to understand both the historic evolution of our contemporary international system of states, and the spatial organisation of power more broadly.

GIS and Remote Sensing for Environmental Management (20 credits)

This module introduces advanced techniques related to the collection, analysis and presentation of spatial data associated with environmental management. Building on the principles of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and of spatial analysis techniques gained at Levels 4 and 5, this module considers the specific role of GIS and remote sensing in environmental management and places a particular emphasis on open­source software and its applications. Environmental management requires the increasing use of spatial data and associated analysis tools, the skills developed on this module will be valuable to any student wishing to pursue a career in the environmental sector. Environmental Policy and Planning

Environmental Policy and Planning (20 credits)

The module equips you with an understanding of the principles behind environmental policy, the instruments available to policy­makers to influence environmental behaviour and the institutional framework behind key global environmental policy initiatives. The module will also introduce the environmental controls within the UK planning system.

Soil Science and Land Management (20 credits)

An understanding of soil science is fundamental to the management of ecosystems at all levels, whether it is for crop and livestock production, preventing erosion and land degradation, the maintenance of biodiversity or the management of urban open space and sports turf. This module equips you with the knowledge and understanding required to manage, maintain and improve soil quality and productivity in the context of crop and animal production, conservation management or for recreational use

A Geography degree develops a wide range of skills that are demanded in the work place. Some of the specialist skills that we develop, such as proficiency in the use of geographical information systems (GIS) have proven to be especially useful for those based in local authority planning departments or working for public bodies such as Transport for London, the National Health Service and the Environment Agency. Our graduates have entered a wide range of careers, both in the public and private sectors. These include cartographer, chartered surveyor, Environment Agency, environmental consultancy, GIS manager, journalism, local government officer, nature conservation officer, remote sensing scientist, retail manager, teacher (primary and secondary), town and country planner.

“My Geography degree has meant that employers have seen me as a diverse individual that can adapt to many roles. Studying geography does not limit what you can do after your degree, but only enhances it. There are so many opportunities available with a geography degree, and not just in the field directly related to geography itself."

Tom Sycamore, Geography graduate, graduate management trainee

Fees

The 2019/20 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time £9,250 £11,900
Part-time £4,625 N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Please read the 2019/20 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2019/20 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

CategoryDescription
Field Trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc)

Trips to Dublin (a weekend) and Berlin (4-5 days) may be offered as optional extra-curricular activities. The Dublin trip is usually made available to first and second year students, while the Berlin trip is available to second and third year students. The cost of the trips will depend on numbers involved and the details of the trip organised.

Single Honours students and Combined Honours students opting to take the Field Investigation module in the second year will also require a valid UK passport (NB: for non-UK residents a visa may be required).

Clothing / Kit

Geography at Christ Church involves a reasonable amount of fieldwork which, in the UK, can be done a wide range of weather conditions. It is essential, therefore, that you have appropriate clothing. Nothing that you need is particularly expensive, but the following are likely to be required at some point:

  • Field clothing, including sturdy footwear and a waterproof (not showerproof) jacket.
  • Small backpack and A4 clipboard

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Teaching

All programmes are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2020.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical workshops and field investigation. You will typically have around 12 contact hours per week although your actual contact hours depend on the option modules you select.

Seminars in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures. Tutorials with module tutors will provide individual guidance and constructive and critical feedback on written or oral assignments. In addition, you will meet with your academic personal tutor. 

You will use industry-standard software, in particular with reference to GIS. You will have access to specialist facilities throughout your course.

In year 1 Single Honours students will have a foreign residential field trip at the beginning of Semester 2; in year 2, one of the modules is also a foreign residential field trip. Your final year project is also likely to include an element of fieldwork. 

In year 2, there is an optional placement module with an external organisation. Your final year dissertation, while largely independent, will be supported by a series of workshops.  You will work under the supervision of a tutor who you will meet regularly.

Independent Learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study.  Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.

Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.

There is a growing emphasis on independent learning throughout the programme, culminating in the Independent Study in Human Geography.  You will work under the supervision of a tutor who you will meet regularly.

Overall Workload

Your overall workload typically consists of 12 contact hours per week (4 hours per module). You will undertake 24 hours independent learning and assessment activity (8 hours per module). In addition, there will be field trips. Apart from the residential field trips, most field trips fall within the University timetable. One of the Level 5 optional module field days takes place on a Saturday.

For each 20-credit module, your study time is about 12 hours a week.

Academic Input

The team consists of highly qualified academics. They have a range of expertise and experience.

All our team members hold doctoral and teaching qualifications. Most are research-active. They have experience in delivering research-informed teaching. You can find out more about the current teaching on our Meet the Team webpage. You should note members of the teaching team might change.

Postgraduate students sometimes assist in teaching and assessing some modules. However, experienced academics teach the vast majority of lectures and seminars.

Assessment

A particular feature of the degree is the range of assessment methods employed. These reflect the nature and learning experience of each module and ensure that you are able to develop and demonstrate your ability in a wide range of skills. The methods of assessment used in geography include essays and project reports (including field reports), individual and group oral presentations, portfolios, poster presentations, computer-based assignments (including both quantitative analysis and cartographic work), in addition to some examinations. Many modules contain at least one piece of practice or 'formative' assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

The largest piece of work, the final year Independent Study, gives you the opportunity to work independently on a topic of choice and to produce a dissertation. This is designed to allow you to demonstrate the skills and knowledge you have developed during your degree. Accordingly, assessment procedures will take account of not only your newly acquired knowledge and skills, but also the process of developing skills and the ability to apply such knowledge and skills in the world of work. You will also be encouraged to develop skills of enterprise and self-confidence to equip you for your future career or for postgraduate studies.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

All core modules are assessed by 100 per cent coursework. The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows:

Year 1
  • 100 per cent coursework
Year 2
  • Most modules are 100 per cent coursework; two option modules have 40 per cent written exams.
Year 3
  • Most modules are 100 per cent coursework; three option modules have written exams (2 at 50 per cent; one at 60 per cent)

Feedback

You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

We aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days of hand-in (formal coursework assessment).

"The thing I enjoyed most about my Geography degree was the diversity of the programme and the different areas of geography that you could focus on. I think all the members of staff do well to integrate the students into a close group, making the Geography department a very close­knit bunch – for example the second year field trip to Malta.”

Geography graduate

Geography students have access to a dedicated Resource Centre in addition to the University’s open access computer rooms. All the computers in the Centre have ArcGIS installed and there is a Geography Technician close at hand if you run into difficulties.

Another important online resource of our Geography degree is Edina Digimap, which provides access to Ordnance Survey digital mapping data. In addition to the standard package of mapping data, the University also subscribes to Historic Digimap. A range of hi-tech equipment such as GPS and laser rangefinders is available for use in the field.

We have strong links with the British Cartographic Society (BCS) and the Trust for Conservation Volunteers (TCV) which we use for training in field techniques and volunteering, for example.

UK/EU

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International

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UK

For advice on completing your application please contact the Course Enquiry Team:

Email: courses@canterbury.ac.uk
Tel:+44 (0)1227 928000 (0)1227 928000

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Fact file

UCAS course code

  • F842 Human and Social Geography

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 3 years full-time

    6 years part-time

Starts

  • September 2019

Entry requirements

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