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Course Overview

This course considers the geographical patterns that characterise the Earth’s physical and human environments and landscapes, and the processes that operate within and lead to changes in these. It is also concerned with the ways in which people occupy the Earth’s surface, their movements and settlements, and their perceptions and use of landscapes, resources and space. Lecture material is presented in study blocks covering: glaciology and palaeoclimates; biogeography and soils; economic, social and cultural geographies; and sustainable transport. Key concepts and skills are reinforced through small tutor-led classes (workgroups).

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Online Sustained Study No
  • Dr Edward Schofield

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Distance Learning (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • GG1510 Global Worlds, Local Challenges (Studied)
  • KL1517 Global Worlds, Local Challenges (Kl Version) (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course examines how global processes produce and reflect local-scale changes. Related study blocks will address: Environmental change and landscape response. Topography, climate, reconstruction of past relationships between humans, plants and animals. Landscape and society. Environment - opportunity or risk? Resources and hazards as local manifestations of global drivers. People, land, water, soils - who controls what? Globalisation - the economics and politics of urban industrial change. Agents and scales of change: nations and states; local government; multinational corporations and local entrepreneurialism. Regional development and the post-industrial economy. New social and cultural spaces. Mobility and difference; poverty and exclusion; imaginative geographies: unequal power relationships; memories, places and nations.

Further Information & Notes

This course may not be included in a graduating curriculum with GG1506, GG1507, GG1501 or KL equivalents.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: coursework, 50%, plus exam, 50%. Resit: Original coursework carried forward, 50%, plus exam, 50%.

Formative Assessment

Feedback will be provided by dedicated tutor.


The course includes a workgroup exercise on assessment of essays. Students must sit a mock exam in-class. However, with just 12 weeks, 6 workgroups and a degree exam exemption system that requires summative assessment of coursework, it is difficult to arrange stand-alone formative assessment. It makes more sense to consider feedback/feedforward in terms of onwards progression: e.g. students write just one coursework essay which is summatively assessed, but comments provided on this should help students to improve their performance next time: e.g., in the follow-up Level 2 courses.

Course Learning Outcomes


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