Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

(BA) Geography and International Relations

Entry for 2017

FHEQ level

This course is set at Level 6 in the national Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

Course Aims

A. To develop in Geography students:
1. The ability to describe and analyse, both spatially and environmentally, the characteristics of places and the interactions between them.
2. A firm understanding of how relationships and processes result in the observed characteristics of places.
3. A developed awareness of the myriad diversity of the earth's surface as a context for human habitation, economic production and social life.
4. And to provide the training and experience (e.g. field work, lab-based study, GIS etc.) needed to achieve the above.

B. For IR students:
1. To provide a first degree level understanding of the nature and importance of international relations in the contemporary world.
2. To enable students to develop a critical understanding of the major theoretical approaches in the field of International Relations.
3. To develop students' abilities to critically analyse international events, ideas, institutions and practices both in the past and in the present.
4. To provide students with opportunities to develop their intellectual, personal and interpersonal skills so as to enable them to participate meaningfully in their societies.

C. In both majors:
1. Opportunities to develop their intellectual, personal and interpersonal skills so as to enable them to participate meaningfully in their societies, and the enabling of an engagement in life-long learning, study and enquiry and an appreciation of the value of education for society and the environment.
2. Provision of a curriculum supported by scholarship, staff development and a research culture that promotes breadth and depth of intellectual enquiry and debate.
3. To provide students with a supportive and receptive learning environment.
4. The necessary preparation for employment in a wide range of contexts or for further study and a career where political and geographical skills and understandings will be applied.

Course learning outcomes

1. Understand a) the nature of the relationships and processes (contemporary, historical, biophysical) that shape the human characteristics of places (e.g. demographic, economic, social, cultural, political...), and b) how places become differentiated from one another as reflected, for example, in patterns of wealth inequality at the international and sub-national scales.

2. Demonstrate the ability to apply this knowledge and understanding to contemporary problems such as those of third world underdevelopment, inter- and intra-national ethnic conflict, and urban social exclusion, and to the evaluation of policies designed to solve these problems.

3. Be able to explain the characteristics of specific places through reference to a body of locational and ecological concepts and theories using either a) locational analysis which focuses on the explanation of the spatial patterns of the phenomena being studied, or b) ecological analysis which focuses on the explanation of the in situ relationships between phenomena located at the same place.

4. Possess sufficient experience of the inter-relatedness of phenomena in geographical space to be able to visualise those phenomena as elements of either socio-spatial or socio-environmental systems.

5. Achieve a critical and self-reflexive understanding of human geography that a) incorporates an awareness of the situatedness of knowledge and the provisional status of accepted theory; b) recognises the significance of representations of people and places for an understanding of social and spatial behaviour; and yet c) develops the bases upon which competing ideas and theories about the nature

6. Interpret qualitative and quantitative geographical and environmental data, demonstrating numeracy, basic statistical skills, IT skills (e.g. spreadsheets, databases; word processing, email and www), and an ability to abstract and synthesise material from different sources.

7. Demonstrate a good knowledge of how maps are produced and used (cartographic skills).

8. Integrate the skills of the cartographer with those of the computer scientist, specifically to relate spatially-referenced data with place-attribute data through GIS (geographical information systems), remote sensing and related methods.

9. Demonstrate field investigation skills in both environmental and human geography (e.g. historical and contemporary human landscape evolution, land-use and built-form mapping and questionnaire surveys).

10. An understanding of the core concepts and questions that define the discipline of IR.

11. An awareness of the major practical, political and moral challenges facing contemporary global society.

12. A familiarity with the key theoretical traditions of IR as an academic discipline.

13. A basic knowledge of the history of modern international relations;

14. An understanding of the significance of the world economy for the nature of the international system.

15. Flexibility in utilising a variety of intellectual approaches as required by the multifaceted character of the subject.

16. An in-depth knowledge and understanding of a specialist area within the discipline.

17. Ability to communicate effectively with others and to present material both orally and in writing.

18. Ability to deploy a range of communication and information technology skills.

19. Ability to apply a range of skills in the retrieval and use of primary and secondary sources.

20. Ability to work together with others as well as independently, including to manage time effectively.

21. Ability to present concise and cogently structured arguments, both orally and in writing.

22. Ability to carry out critical analysis on complex issues related to the discipline.

Full-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn SemesterCoreHuman Geographies of the Modern World (001GR)154
  CoreIntroduction to International Relations (L2008)154
  CoreSkills and Concepts in Geography I: Becoming a Geographer (002GR)154
  CoreThe Rise of the Modern International Order (L2007)154
 Spring SemesterCoreClassical Political Theory & International Relations (L2014N)154
  CoreCulture Across Space and Time (V3049)154
  CoreSkills and Concepts in Geography II: Quantitative and Analytical Skills (F8509)154
  CoreThe Short Twentieth Century and Beyond (L2005)154
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterCoreContemporary International Theory (L2015N)155
  CoreCultural and Historical Geographies (L7020)155
  CoreIntroduction to International Political Economy (L2024)155
  CoreUnderstanding Global Migration (L7041C)155
 Spring SemesterOptionBlack Lives Matter: Postcolonial and Decolonial Representations (006GR)155
  Culture, Race and Ethnicity (V3026)155
  Development and the State (L2128)155
  Environmental Perspectives on Development (L2103)155
  Geography Overseas Field Class (L7024)305
  Globalisation and Global Governance (L2025)155
  Security and Insecurity in Global Politics (L2061N)155
  Social Geography (L7016)155
  Southeast England Field Class (F8515)155
  The Politics of Foreign Policy (L2090)155
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
3Autumn SemesterOptionContemporary Issues in the Global Political Economy (M1529A)306
  Disasters, Environment and Development (005DADUG)306
  Geographies of Rising and Declining Powers (F8031A)306
  Geographies of Violence and Conflict (001G4DIR)306
  Geographies of Violence and Conflict (001G4A)306
  Governing Muslims: From Empire to the War on Terror (010IR)306
  Home (008GA)306
  International Relations of the Modern Middle East (L2065A)306
  Landscape, Nature and Representation (F8085A)306
  Marxism and International Relations (M1530A)306
  Mercenaries, Gangs and Terrorists: Private Security in International Politics (L7092A)306
  Migration and Global Development (004IDAG)306
  Political Economy of the Environment (L7094A)306
  Religion, Migration and Social Transformation (008GR)306
  Religions in Global Politics (L2075A)306
  Sex and Death in Global Politics (L7091A)306
  The Global Politics of Health (004RA)306
  The Politics of International Trade (L2076A)306
  The Politics of Terror (M1014A)306
  The Reign of Rights in Global Politics (L2140)306
  Water and Development in the Global South (011GA)306
  What is War (L2072A)306
 Spring SemesterOptionCapitalism and Geopolitics (L2062S)306
  Class, Community, Nation (009GS)306
  Cultures of Colonialism (F8030S)306
  Decolonial Movements (002ID2G)306
  Development and Geopolitics in East Asia (L2074S)306
  Dirty Wars? Conflict and Military Intervention (L2056S)306
  Ethics in Global Politics (L7093S)306
  Global Environmental Change (003GS)306
  Global Food Security (005GS)306
  Global Politics of Food (011IRS)306
  Global Resistance: Subjects and Practices (L7090S)306
  Memory, Space and Place: Exploring Heritage, Power and Identities (007GR)306
  Mercenaries, Gangs and Terrorists: Private Security in International Politics (L7092S)306
  Russia and the Former Soviet Union in Global Politics (L2071S)306
  The Arms Trade in International Politics (L7095S)306
  The United States in the World (L2064S)306

About your joint honours course

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