Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

(BA) Geography and Anthropology

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. Provide the training and experience (e.g. field work, lab-based study, GIS etc.) needed to achieve the above.

B. To develop in Anthropology students:
1. The intellectual and practical skills in the analysis, interpretation and understanding of ethnographic data and an understanding of anthropological theory.

C. In both majors
1. The necessary preparation for employment in a wide range of contexts or for further study and a career where anthropological and geographical skills and understandings will be applied.
2. 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.

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. Comprehensive knowledge of the broad field of social and cultural anthropology.

11. Understanding of the key contemporary debates in anthropology.

12. Familiarity with the history of the discipline and the development of theoretical perspectives over time.

13. Detailed knowledge of a number of specialist areas within the discipline.

14. Knowledge of a wide range of ethnographic material and the way in which anthropological theory is used to understand this material.

15. Understanding of the ethical and political issues involved in anthropological research, analysis and writing.

16. Knowledge of a range of ethnographic research methods and ability to apply these.

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
  CoreKey Concepts in Anthropology (L6067)154
  CoreSkills and Concepts in Geography I: Becoming a Geographer (002GR)154
  CoreThe Anthropological Imagination (L6001)154
 Spring SemesterCoreCulture Across Space and Time (V3049)154
  CoreSkills and Concepts in Geography II: Quantitative and Analytical Skills (F8509)154
  CoreThe Anthropology of Exchange, Money and Markets (L6070)154
  CoreThe Anthropology of Kinship and Relatedness (L6069)154
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterCoreCultural and Historical Geographies (L7020)155
  CoreEthnographic Research Methods (L6046N)155
  CoreReligion and Ritual (L6072)155
  CoreUnderstanding Global Migration (L7041C)155
 Spring SemesterCorePolitics and Power (L6071)155
  OptionBlack Lives Matter: Postcolonial and Decolonial Representations (006GR)155
  Cities and Urban Lives (L6076)155
  Culture, Race and Ethnicity (V3026)155
  Culture and Representation (L6075)155
  Environmental Perspectives on Development (L2103)155
  Ethnographic Field Research (002AN)155
  Geography Overseas Field Class (L7024)305
  Ice Age Earth (L7029)155
  Social Geography (L7016)155
  Southeast England Field Class (F8515)155
  Visual Anthropology (L6074)155
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
3Autumn SemesterOptionAnthropology of Migration (L6080)306
  Anthropology of the Body (L6100)306
  Current Themes in the Anthropology of Latin America (L6096)306
  Development, Business and Corporate Social Responsibility (L2131SDUA)306
  Disasters, Environment and Development (005DADUG)306
  Environmental Anthropology (L6101)306
  Geographies of Rising and Declining Powers (F8031A)306
  Geographies of Violence and Conflict (001G4A)306
  Home (008GA)306
  Landscape, Nature and Representation (F8085A)306
  Migration and Global Development (004IDAG)306
  Religion, Migration and Social Transformation (008GR)306
  The Anthropology of Europe (L6098)306
  Water and Development in the Global South (011GA)306
 Autumn & Spring TeachingOptionAnthropology Thesis (L6078)306
 Spring SemesterOptionAnthropology of Fertility, Reproduction and Health (L6035)306
  Anthropology of Islam and Muslim Societies (L6091)306
  Class, Community, Nation (009GS)306
  Cultures of Colonialism (F8030S)306
  Decolonial Movements (002ID2G)306
  Global Environmental Change (003GS)306
  Global Food Security (005GS)306
  Human Rights (L2124SD)306
  Memory, Space and Place: Exploring Heritage, Power and Identities (007GR)306
  Race, Ethnicity and Identity (L6090)306
  The Anthropology of Africa (L6055)306
  The Anthropology of Food (001AUS)306
  Understanding Contemporary India (L6057)306

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