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Geographical Foundations 2: Challenges of the modern world (Module)

Module description

This module, aimed at BA Geography students, builds on Geographical Foundations 1 to provide a more detailed introduction to human/development geography.  At the completion of this module, student should have: A critical awareness of the temporal, spatial and ecological dynamics of global challenges; an ability to access the different influences on environmental and social change at a variety of different scales; an ability to evaluate differing geographical responses to contemporary global challenges; An understanding of the key concepts, theories and ideas within human geography.

 The module is split into sections:

Section 1: Geographies of Global Change & Transition

Global health; human migration; world cities; urbanization; geopolitics; security; impacts of climate change;  adaptation & migration; poverty, exclusion and resistance, transitions and transformations.

Section 2: Geographical Politics of Nature-Culture and Consumption

Consumption and branding geographies; nature, consumption, Paris; branding nature; celebrity geography; celebrity place; personal geographies; Christmas; the university and overconsumption; personal debt.

Staff information


Teaching pattern

20 hours lectures, 20 hours seminars in Term 2

Module assessment - more information

2 hour exam (90%); In-Class assessments (10%)

Key information

Module code 4SSG1015

Credit level 4

Assessment coursework written examination/s

Credit value 15 credits

Semester Semester 2 (spring)

Study abroad module No