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Geographical Foundations I: the making of the modern world (Module)

Module description

The module is an introduction to Human and Development geography and is delivered in weekly lectures/seminars.  At the completion of the module, students should have:

A critical awareness of the temporal, spatial and ecological dimensions of modes of production; An understanding of the reciprocal interrelationships between people and environments; An understanding of the geographies of difference within the human world and their formative processes; An appreciation of the key geographical processes that form and characterize modern societies.

The module is split into two sections: 

Section 1: Global Economic Change.  Modes of Production and Spatial Inequality

Humans & the origins of society; from early civilizations to the rise of the nation state; gold and nature’s gold: the stuff of colonialism; experiences of colonialism: late Victorian holocaust; uneven geographical development. The making of the ‘Third World’; Introduction to Marxist political economy; the geographies of Fordism and Post-Fordism; geographies of money and capitalism.

Section 2: Re-imagining Nature: Society-Environment Geographies

From feudal to capitalist natures; landscape and the lie of the land; (un)sustainable development; cultural and political ecology; denaturalizing disasters; the hydro-social cycle; radical environmental praxis; post-humanism and the post-humanities; gender and the ‘natural order of things’; queering natures.

*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.

Staff information


Teaching pattern

20 hours lectures, 10 hours seminars in Term 1

Module assessment - more information

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

Key information

Module code 4SSG1014

Credit level 4

Assessment coursework written examination/s

Credit value 15 credits

Semester Semester 1 (autumn)

Study abroad module No