Coronavirus information for applicants and offer-holders

We understand that prospective students and offer-holders may have concerns about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The University is following the advice from Universities UK, Public Health England and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Read our latest coronavirus information

BA Geography / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

Course unit details:
Key Ideas in Geography

Unit code GEOG10192
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Geography
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

This course provides a starting point to the Geography degree. It provides a brief introduction to the history and philosophy of the discipline. The course will help situate others modules throughout the degree programme. A range of varied key ideas and concepts across the breadth of the discipline will be showcased by different physical and human Geography staff members. For example, indicative concepts include; space and place, scale, nature and processes.  

Aims

  • To introduce some key themes, debates and concepts that have shaped Geography as a discipline;
  • To describe and explain some of the principal philosophical and theoretical ways of ‘doing geography’;
  • To show how geographers have appropriated and reworked ideas from cognate disciplines;
  • To reflect upon the nature and aims of Geography as a modern university subject;
  • To demonstrate the distinctiveness and vitality of Geography;
  • To introduce the Geography@Manchester staff and their research. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course unit, you should be able to:

  • Understand some of the key intellectual ideas that have preoccupied human and physical geographers in their research;
  • Appreciate that human and physical geography are linked yet distinctive academic fields;
  • Have some knowledge of the current state of Geography as a research and teaching subject;
  • Appreciate that Geography is related to ideas beyond the discipline;
  • To appreciate how Geographical knowledge can be applied to local and global issues.

Teaching and learning methods

The course unit will be delivered via ten two-hour lectures. These sessions will be supplemented by extensive private study based on directed reading each week. Lecture sessions will draw upon a range of resources, including PowerPoint slides, links to web resources, videos and core readings. Lecture sessions will include time for discussion and group activities. A comprehensive archive of all sources and links will be compiled on the Blackboard site for the module.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Understand key concepts that have shaped Geography as a discipline
  • Appreciate that Geography is related to ideas beyond the discipline;
  • Reflect on the nature and aims of Geography as a modern university subject;
  • Appreciate the linked yet distinctive research of physical and human geographers at The University of Manchester.

Intellectual skills

  • Appreciate the role of conceptual thinking in the production of knowledge
  • An ability to make links between conceptual ideas and applied research;
  • Reflective writing;
  • Exam essay writing.

Practical skills

  • Reading, note-taking and listening skills

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Critical thinking skills through an engagement with current disciplinary debates; 

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 100%

Feedback methods

Feedback will be provided in the following ways during this course unit:

  • Verbal feedback through Q&A and discussion within lecture sessions
  • Verbal feedback from Geography staff on any course unit issue through staff office hours
  • Discussion of exam result with your academic advisor
  • Discussion of key concepts through Semester 1 tutorial programme. 

Recommended reading

Castree, N., Kitchin, R., and Rogers, A. (eds.) (2013) A Dictionary of Human Geography. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Castree, N., Rogers, A., and Sherman, D. (eds) (2005). Questioning Geography: Fundamental Debates. London: Wiley-Blackwell.

Clifford, N.J., Holloway, S.L., Rice, S.P. and Valentine, G. (2009) Key Concepts in Geography. London: Sage.

Gregory, K. (2000). The Changing Nature of Physical Geography. London: Arnold.

Haines-Young, R.H. and Petch, J. R. (1986) Physical Geography: Its Nature and Methods. London: Harper and Row.

Hubbard, P., Kitchin, R., Barley, B., and Fuller, D. (2002). Thinking Geographically: space, theory and contemporary human geography. London: Bloomsbury.

Johnston, R.J., Gregory, D., Pratt, G. and Watts, M. (eds) (2009) The Dictionary of Human Geography. 5th edn. Oxford: Blackwell.

Nayak, A. and Jeffrey, A. (2011) Geographical thought: an introduction to ideas in human geography Harlow, Pearson Education.

Thomas, D.S.G. (2016) The Dictionary of Physical Geography. 4th edn. London: John Wiley.

 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 20
Independent study hours
Independent study 80

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Ross Jones Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Timetable
CORE COURSE UNIT FOR GEOGRAPHY STUDENTS ONLY

 

 

Return to course details