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Course Overview

This course provides an opportunity to explore, in depth, the development and application of four important concepts in human geography. Each concept is introduced in a lecture and then discussed in a related tutorial and individual coursework assignment. The course analyses the development and research application of key ideas, and introduces you to contemporary conceptual debate in the discipline. In these ways GG3570 provides an excellent springboard for Senior Honours study. Which concepts are covered will depend on the composition of the teaching team. In recent years they have included: networks; resilience; landscape; and transnational migration.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr David Watts

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • One of GG2004 Space, Economy and Society (Passed) or GG2011 Perspectives in Human Geography (Passed) or GG2012 Space, Economy and Society (Passed) or GG2014 Space, Economy and Society (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of GG3031 Approaches to Geography (Studied) or GG3063 Approaches to Geography (Joint Programmes) (Studied) or GG3071 Approaches to Geography (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course examines economic, cultural, social, political and environmental change from a spatial perspective, using a selection of key geographical concepts and related case studies. The concepts to be addressed include, for example: space, place (region or landscape), power, nature/culture hybridity, mobility, difference/diversity and identity, and uneven development/globalisation. The various themes are team-taught by staff, often using examples drawn from their own fields of research in areas such as transport, agri-food/rural change and political ecology.

Further Information & Notes

This course is a pre-requisite for human geography courses at Level 4.

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

  • A portfolio of four 1000-word essays based on prescribed reading for seminars (67%)
  • An end-of-course essay (33%; students are given 48 hours to answer an unseen question).

  • Resubmission of failed coursework components, with mark for those components to be capped at D3.

Formative Assessment

There is no standalone, formal formative assessment. However, feedback on summative assessments should help students to improve their subsequent performances within the course and for follow-up courses.


Students receive individual, written feedback on their coursework using standard comments sheets. We also provide whole-class feedback via MyAberdeen. This includes the main points of answers/tutors mark schemes to encourage students to review where they gained and lost marks.

Course Learning Outcomes


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