BA Geography with International Study / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Life Course Geographies

Course unit fact file
Unit code GEOG30221
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


  • Understand geographical and social scientific approaches to the life-course, age and ageing
  • Enable students to understand the range of economic, political and cultural implications of age and ageing
  • Critically consider questions of social transformation and intergenerational justice

Examine and disrupt representations of age categories (e.g. youth and older age) and the life-course

Teaching and learning methods

Life-Course Geographies: Social Transformation and Intergenerational Justice will be delivered through a range of lectures (10x 2hour lectures), seminars (9x 1hour seminars) and independent learning activities. Lectures will introduce key concepts, ideas and case studies relating to ageing and its social, political and cultural implications. In seminars, students will develop and demonstrate a detailed understanding of the subject matter, working interactively in small groups. In their independent learning, students will draw upon weekly reading lists to sharpen, deepen and widen their understanding. All course materials will be available on Blackboard. You are expected to contribute fully to lecture and seminar discussions and activities, and to complete all readings.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Understand and deploy a range of geographical and social approaches to understanding age, ageing and the life-course
  • Discuss the key social, political and cultural implications of the life-course and ageing

         Critically evaluate policy approaches to age inclusivity and intergenerational justice

Intellectual skills

  • Think critically about lived experience in relation to representations

Evaluate and apply key concepts and approaches to study the life-course and ageing

Practical skills

  • Communicate effectively when discussing the life-course, ageing and urban geographical analysis

         Communicate effectively with non-academic audiences through blog writing

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Demonstrate critical reflection and analysis

          Demonstrate a capacity for independent learning, information gathering and critical appraisal

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 60%
Practical skills assessment 40%

Feedback methods

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

  • Extensive verbal feedback through Q&A, discussion and interaction in seminars
  • Verbal feedback on any course unit issue through student hours
  • On-going peer feedback through lecture and seminar participation

     Detailed written feedback on both coursework assignments

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 30

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Amy Barron Unit coordinator

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