Geography 2 (Half Course) GEOG2016
- Academic Session: 2019-20
- School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
- Credits: 30
- Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
- Typically Offered: Semester 1
- Available to Visiting Students: Yes
- Available to Erasmus Students: Yes
Level 2 Geography course providing an understanding of key principles and current issues in human and physical geographies.
Lectures Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday - 10.00 am; weekly laboratory at 2 pm - 5 pm; approximately 5 fortnightly tutorials.
Requirements of Entry
Grade D or equivalent in Geography or a cognate discipline at Level 1
Exam (60%), essay (25%), practical assessment (15%).
Main Assessment In: December
(1) Globalisation and Localisation
■ To evaluate the geographical implications, expressed in economic, political and cultural terms, arising from globalisation, and its local impacts;
■ To assess critically the theories and their supportive evidence underlying the global/local nexus;
■ To critically assess the processes and agents linked to global and local shifts.
(2) Process and Form in Physical Geography
■ To examine the operation and effects of major processes in physical geography by interrelating process and form and demonstrating how landforms and processes change over time;
■ To introduce applied aspects of physical geography with reference to relevant case studies.
(3) Laboratory Practicals
■ To collect and evaluate sources of primary and secondary data;
■ To acquire quantitative and qualitative techniques appropriate for analysing data widely used by human and physical geographers.
■ To acquire the ability (with the aid of background reading) to contribute effectively to discussions on geographical issues using the requisite oral and presentation skills.
(5) Reading and Writing skills - the ability to be precise and, through oral and written presentation, develop skills of critical evaluation;
(6) Bibliographic skills - students will be expected to read widely and to make full use of library resources;
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course students will be able to:
Subject specific learning objectives
(1) GLOBALISATION AND LOCALISATION
■ critically assess the processes underlying global and local shifts within the world economy.
■ appreciate and be critically aware of the linkages between economic shifts, geopolitical contexts and outcomes and cultural processes.
■ apply the analytical, conceptual and theoretical frameworks underpinning global and local shifts.
■ demonstrate a critical awareness of the essential spatiality of contemporary economic, political and cultural processes.
(2) PROCESS AND FORM IN PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY
■ explain critically the major mechanisms of climate changes over various timescales and to assess the impacts of such changes on geomorphic processes and landscape development.
■ assess process/form relationships in geomorphology.
■ demonstrate knowledge of the applications of physical geography to real world problems.
(3) LABORATORY PRACTICALS
■ evaluate the appropriateness of data sources for specific purposes
■ apply quantitative and qualitative data analysis techniques appropriately
■ contribute effectively to debate associated with geographic issues
Transferable skill-learning objectives
■ further develop their ability to summarize arguments in a balanced way and, through oral and written presentations, to critically evaluate them.
■ further develop their bibliographical skills through reading widely and making full use of library and electronic resources.
Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits
Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.