Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

(BA) Geography and International Development

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. The International Development component of programmes aims:
1. To equip students with a first degree level understanding of international development that is rooted in the disciplines of anthropology, international relations, geography, economics, sociology and history.
2. To gain an understanding of the history of international development, including its origins in colonialism; a knowledge of core theories of development (both orthodox and critical); and an understanding of current development practice and key contemporary issues.
3. To train students in a range of tools and skills with relevance to international development.
4. To provide an intellectual environment that encourages and supports student initiative with respect to engagement in contemporary development issues.

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 theoretical debates in international development and their relevance for contemporary development practice.

11. An understanding of the historical, economic, social, environmental and cultural aspects of development.

12. A knowledge of practical and research skills in international development and the ability to apply these.

13. An understanding of key contemporary issues in international development.

14. An understanding of key development concepts.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn SemesterCoreColonialism and After (L2003)154
  CoreGlobal Development Paradigms, Policy and Politics (L2132)154
  CoreHuman Geographies of the Modern World (001GR)154
  CoreSkills and Concepts in Geography I: Becoming a Geographer (002GR)154
 Spring SemesterCoreCulture Across Space and Time (V3049)154
  CoreGlobal Development Challenges and Innovation (AF002)154
  CoreKey Thinkers in Development (L2145)154
  CoreSkills and Concepts in Geography II: Quantitative and Analytical Skills (F8509)154
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterCoreCultural and Historical Geographies (L7020)155
  CoreEconomic Perspectives on Development (L2147)155
  CoreSocial Change, Culture and Development (L2107N)155
  CoreUnderstanding Global Migration (L7041C)155
  OptionResearch Skills for Development (L2133N)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
  Finance for Development (L1082)155
  Gender and Development: Theory, Concepts and Issues (L2104)155
  Geography Overseas Field Class (L7024)305
  Health, Poverty and Inequality (L2102N)155
  International Education and Development (001DS)155
  Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism (L2002N)155
  Social Geography (L7016)155
  Southeast England Field Class (F8515)155
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
3Autumn SemesterOptionContemporary Issues in the Global Political Economy (M1529ADUD)306
  Contemporary Issues in the Global Political Economy (M1529A)306
  Development, Business and Corporate Social Responsibility (L2131A)306
  Development Tools and Skills (L2146)306
  Development Work Experience (D6001)306
  Disasters, Environment and Development (005DA)306
  Disasters, Environment and Development (005DADUG)306
  Environment, Ecology and Development (L2123A)306
  Geographies of Rising and Declining Powers (F8031A)306
  Geographies of Violence and Conflict (001G4A)306
  Geographies of Violence and Conflict (001G4DIR)306
  Home (008GA)306
  Inside Development: the Social Life of Aid (L2152A)306
  Landscape, Nature and Representation (F8085A)306
  Landscape, Nature and Representation (F8085DID)306
  Marxism and International Relations (M1530ADUD)306
  Mercenaries, Gangs and Terrorists: Private Security in International Politics (L7092ADU)306
  Migration and Global Development (004IDAG)306
  Migration and Global Development (004IDA)306
  Religion, Migration and Social Transformation (008GR)306
  Religion, Migration and Social Transformation (008GRID)306
  Religions in Global Politics (L2075ADUDE)306
  Sex, Gender and the Global Political Economy (015IRID)306
  Sex and Death in Global Politics (L7091ADU)306
  The Global Politics of Health (004RADU)306
  The Politics of International Trade (L2076ADU)306
  Urban Futures (006IDA)306
  Water and Development in the Global South (011GA)306
  Water and Development in the Global South (011GID)306
  Wealth, Inequality and Development (003IDA)306
 Autumn & Spring TeachingOptionInternational Development Thesis (L2153)306
 Spring SemesterOptionAnthropology of Fertility, Reproduction and Health (L6035D)306
  Capitalism and Geopolitics (L2062SDU)306
  Class, Community, Nation (009GS)306
  Critical Perspectives on Conflict and Violence (L2154)306
  Cultures of Colonialism (F8030S)306
  Cultures of Colonialism (F8030DID2)306
  Decolonial Movements (002ID2)306
  Decolonial Movements (002ID2G)306
  Genocide in International Relations from Ancient Times to the Present (013IRSD)306
  Global Approaches to Peace (005ID)306
  Global Environmental Change (003GS)306
  Global Food Security (005GS)306
  Global Food Security (005GSID)306
  Global Politics of Food (011IRSDU)306
  Horizontal Development(s) (007ID)306
  Human Rights (L2124S)306
  Memory, Space and Place: Exploring Heritage, Power and Identities (007GR)306
  Race, Ethnicity and Identity (L6090D)306
  The United States in the World (L2064SDUD)306

Course convenors

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Elizabeth Harrison
Professor of Anthropology and International Development
T: +44 (0)1273 877350

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