They affect who has what, where, and why, and are responsible for the major inequalities that present an urgent challenge to human societies, wherever they might be located. They also affect our management of the earths resources and physical environments. You will also study the environmental processes that impact on all our lives and may even threaten our very existence. Specifically, issues of rising sea levels, flooding, carbon footprints, environmental hazards, global warming and climatic change will play a prominent role in your studies.
An important characteristic of these degrees is the way in which you can design your own pathway, mixing and matching subjects from both human and physical geography. Your unit choices will be flexible, enabling you from year two onwards to either study both physical and human geography subjects or specialise in one side of the discipline only. The degree that you graduate with (a BA or BSc) will depend on these unit choices.
If you are interested in the world about you, its physical nature and characteristics, the relationship between human societies and the future of our planet, the interconnectedness of nations and the social, cultural, economic and political outcomes of an iniquitous global economy, then these degrees are for you. If you wish to study aspects of physical or human geography only, you may want to consider our BSc (Hons) Physical Geography or BA (Hons) Human Geography degrees.
In the first year of your studies, you will be introduced to the breadth of geography and we will help you acquire the necessary academic expertise such as communication, reading and bibliographic skills. In our Geographical Information Systems (GIS) units, you will also receive exposure to the application of information technology to geographical study and data presentation.
Fieldwork units will enable you to engage in the real world that you are learning about in your class-based units. They will also show you how to use equipment to measure the physical landscape and interpret your findings. You will study some of the most pressing environmental issues that human societies face today, such as global warming and climatic change. Your other core courses in the Foundations of Human Geography and Population, Resources and Environment provide the basis for your later option choices.
In your second year, you will be able to choose subjects that you have developed an interest in. You may continue your interests in, for example, environmental issues and management, geomorphology, soils, meteorology, biogeography, conservation, urban geography, social geography, geographies of development and the developing world, historical geography and GIS. Option choices include:
* Spatial Data Acquisition
* Introduction to Climatology
* Geographies of Development
* Social and Cultural Geography: Changing Cities
* Physical Environmental Hazards
* North American City
* Social Geography: Geographies of Well-Being
* Introduction to Soils, Ecology and Biogeography
* Geographical Data Modelling
* Introduction to Geomorphology
You will also take an overseas field class, providing you with the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding of other places and environments. Recent venues have included Barcelona, Malta, Berlin, south east Spain, Finland and Zanzibar. Each trip has a distinct flavour and your location will depend upon your disciplinary interests.
In your final year, we offer a number of options that are more specialised. In Human Geography and GIS, you may for example study the following units:
* Geographies of Health
* Development Discourses
* Rural Geographies
* Cultural Geography
* Workplace Geographies
* North-East USA: Regional Economic Development
* The North-South Divide in Britain
* Implementing GIS
* Advanced Geographical Data Analysis
* Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
* Environmental Management
On the physical geography side, a number of units on offer involve the real world application of physical geography, enabling you to undertake further advanced fieldwork.
For example, selecting Climatology and Ecology will take you to the Cairngorms, while Applied Soils studies are undertaken in the Benelux countries. Within the unit on Applied Coastal Geomorphology there is opportunity to experience coastal problems at first hand. Again, option choices include:
* Coastal Environments: Processes and Forms
* Fluvial Geomorphology
* Mountain Climates
* Quaternary Environmental Change and Reconstruction
* Applied Coastal Geomorphology
* Applied Soils
* Experimental Geomorphology
You will also complete a dissertation during this year, which reflects your particular interests and draws upon your skills and abilities gained throughout your studies. It is also an opportunity to obtain valuable research skills. To support this activity, you will have the opportunity to join staff in their field research areas. Recent research expeditions have travelled to arctic Finland, the US Rockies, Iceland, Malta as well as sites within the UK.
280 points to include 180 points from A levels or equivalent, with 80 points from A level Geography.
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