Geography BSc/MA/MA(SocSci)

Geography 1: Living in a Changing World GEOG1001

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

Level 1 Geography course introducing the nature of human geography, physical geography and environmental geography.


Lectures - 11.00 or 16.00 Tuesday to Thursday; 

Practical classes - S1 and S2 include block-structured laboratories (5 in S1 and 5 in S2) and workshops (5 in S1 and 5 in S2). Labs are two hours in duration; workshops are one hour in duration.

Excluded Courses

GEOG1007 Geography 1 Half Course


A 90 minute exam at the end of each semester (30% each).

Continuous assessment (40%) (includes 2 class essays and assessed labs including presentations)

Main Assessment In: December and April/May

Course Aims

To introduce students through lectures, tutorials and essay work to the nature of:

■ human geography: issues of development and underdevelopment; identity, connections and social relations;

■ physical geography: aspects of climatology, geomorphology, hydrology and biogeography, as interacting environmental elements in the past and present;

■ human and physical inter-relations: climate change, biodiversity, resources and sustainability;

■ key skills in geographical analysis through basic data collection, interpretation and presentation.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Subject specific learning outcomes:

At the completion of the course students should be able to:

■ explain the inter-relation of processes in physical and human geography that produce our changing world;

■ describe key concepts (scale, connection, resources, systems and environment) and explain their importance in developing a geographical awareness;

■ effectively employ new skills in geographical data collection and interpretation, and cartographic representation.

Transferable skill learning outcomes:
At the completion of the course students should have developed the following skills:

■ oral presentation and teamwork skills;

■ the ability to construct a written critical argument based on library-based research and conforming to academic conventions in terms of citations and referencing;

■ numeracy, and the ability to handle quantitative data;

■ the ability to work to deadlines.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

  Attendance at practical classes and workshops