Geography 2 (Half Course) GEOG2016

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

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

Course Aims

(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.

(4) Tutorials 

■ 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


■ 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.


■ 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.


■ 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.