Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

(MArt) Geography and International Development

Entry for 2016

FHEQ level

This course is set at Level 7 (Masters) in the national Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

Course learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the nature of the relationships and processes (contemporary, historical, environmental) that shape the human characteristics of places and (e.g. demographic, economic, social, cultural, political).

2. Recognise, synthesize and critically evaluate diverse sources of knowledge, arguments and approaches pertinent to exploring contemporary human-environment challenges such as those of third world underdevelopment, inter- and intra-national ethnic conflict, and urban social exclusion, and critically appraise policies designed to solve these problems.

3. Identify and summarise the characteristics of specific places through reference to a body of locational and ecological concepts and theories, demonstrating a critical understanding.

4. Visualise and demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the inter-relatedness of phenomena in geographical space as elements of either socio-spatial or socio-environmental systems.

5. Interpret qualitative and quantitative geographical and environmental data, demonstrating numeracy, basic statistical skills, IT skills, communication skills and an ability to abstract and synthesise material from different sources.

6. Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of how spatially-referenced and place-attribute data can be collected, synthesised and represented.

7. Employ appropriate field investigation skills to demonstrate a critical awareness in both environmental and human geography (e.g. historical and contemporary human landscape evolution, land-use and built-form mapping and questionnaire surveys).

8. Demonstrate knowledge and a critical understanding of theoretical debates, concepts and key issues in international development and their relevance for contemporary development practice.

9. Employ knowledge of appropriate research skills in international development practice.

10. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the historical, economic, social, environmental and cultural aspects of development.

Full-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn SemesterCoreColonialism and After (L2003)154
  CoreInternational Development: Ideas and Actors (L2132)154
  CorePlace, Space and Landscape (F8506)154
  CorePractising Geography (F8507)154
 Spring SemesterCoreGeographies of Development and Inequality (L7006)154
  CoreIssues in Development (AF002)154
  CoreKey Thinkers in Development (L2145)154
  CoreQuantitative and Analytical Skills (F8509)154
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterOptionCultural and Historical Geographies (L7020)155
  Social Geography (L7016)155
 Spring SemesterCoreGeography Overseas Field Class (L7024)305
  OptionCulture, Race and Ethnicity (V3026)155
  Development and the State (L2128)155
  Environmental Perspectives on Development (L2103)155
  Finance for Development (L1082)155
  Gender and Development: Theory, Concepts and Issues (L2104)155
  Geographical Information Systems (L7032)155
  Health, Poverty and Inequality (L2102N)155
  Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism (L2002N)155
  Southeast England Field Class (F8515)155
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
3Autumn SemesterOptionAdvances in Climate Sciences (F8513)306
  Coastal Processes and Coastal Management (F8034A)306
  Contemporary Issues in the Global Political Economy (M1529A)306
  Development Tools and Skills (L2146)306
  Development Work Experience (D6001)306
  Disasters, Environment and Development (005DA)306
  Disasters, Environment and Development (005DADUG)306
  Ethnographies of Aid (L2152A)306
  Geographies of Rising and Declining Powers (F8031A)306
  Geographies of Violence and Conflict (001G4A)306
  Geographies of Violence and Conflict (001G4DIR)306
  Governing Muslims: From Empire to the War on Terror (010IRDU)306
  Home (008GA)306
  Marxism and International Relations (M1530ADUD)306
  Migration and Global Development (004IDA)306
  Religion, Migration and Social Transformation (008GR)306
  The Global Politics of Health (004RADU)306
  Wealth, Inequality and Development (003IDA)306
 Autumn & Spring TeachingOptionGeography Thesis (F8038)306
  International Development Thesis (L2153)306
 Spring SemesterOptionCapitalism and Geopolitics (L2062SDU)306
  Class, Community, Nation (009GS)306
  Critical Perspectives on Conflict and Violence (L2154)306
  Decolonial Movements (002ID2G)306
  Decolonial Movements (002ID2)306
  Development and Geopolitics in East Asia (L2074S)306
  Global Approaches to Peace (005ID)306
  Global Politics of Food (011IRSDU)306
  Human Rights (L2124S)306
  Landscape, Nature and Representation (F8085S)306
  Memory, Space and Place: Exploring Heritage, Power and Identities (007GR)306
  Race, Ethnicity and Identity (L6090D)306
  Rural Livelihoods in the Global South (F8017S)306
  The Reign of Rights in Global Politics (L2141DUD)306
  The United States in the World (L2064SDU)306
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
4Autumn SemesterOptionCritical Debates in Development Theory (807AF)307
  Disasters, Environment and Development (005DADUG)306
  Geographies of Violence and Conflict (001G4A)306
  Geopolitics and International Affairs (915M1)307
  Home (008GA)306
  Landscape, Nature and Representation (F8085A)306
  Migrants and Society: Global Transformations (814F8)307
  Political Economy of the Environment (802AF)307
 Spring SemesterCoreResearch Project (708GR)607
  OptionGlobal Environmental Change (003GS)306

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