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March 2013

Second Year Field Trip - India

Geography minus field trips is like history without the dates. So where do geography students at King’s get to?  Most of our trips take place in the second year and students can choose from a variety of locations, depending on their interests. If you study human geography, Paris and San Francisco are the current destinations; those interested in development go to Kerala in India and the physical geographers go Morocco.

What kinds of activities go on in these trips?  Project work in teams is an important part of the field trips. In San Francisco, for example, students study the geography of homelessness by volunteering in a night shelter and learning about what it’s like to live out on the streets. They also study social change by field mapping the gentrification border and comparing San Francisco’s neighbourhoods to those in neighbouring Oakland. In Kerala, India, students work with local guides and translators to find out more about rural development.  As part of that trip, they create a transect from the coast heading inland with ever increasing altitude to examine shifts in the local economic base and associated changes in culture, social and political organisation. Studying physical geography in Morocco involves understanding desert geomorphology and hydrology, and there are several experts on arid and semi-arid landscapes in the Department to guide students through their field work.

Field work is often one of the highlights of a geography degree and at King’s we make sure you have the opportunity to follow your specialist interests in some of the most fascinating landscapes in the world. 

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