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GG4537: GEOGRAPHICAL ISSUES (2017-2018)

Last modified: 16 Nov 2016 18:26


Course Overview

This core, ‘capstone’ course is designed to develop further students’ critical understanding of the contemporary intellectual and real-world contexts in which the academic discipline of geography – and its graduates! – operates.  The course involves the preparation of seminar presentations and short papers on a series of issues pertinent to contemporary geography.   This work should showcase new philosophies and methodologies; and/or the relationships between geography and other academic disciplines; and/or applications of academic geography to real-world problems.  Students also consider how they can best make use of their degree after graduation, with preparation of a reflective, career-planning report.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Nicholas Spedding

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Geographical Issues explores the frontiers of geographical knowledge as it examines some of the 'cutting edge' debates associated with:
  • new philosophies and methodologies;
  • the relationships between geography and other academic disciplines;
  • applications of academic geography to real world problems.
The course integrates the various components of your geographical education to date. You are expected to draw together, and build on, your knowledge from previous courses to help you tackle challenging, perhaps unfamiliar, topics. The course involves the preparation of presentations and short papers on a series of high-profile issues pertinent to contemporary geography. More information on the topics selected will be provided on the course MyAberdeen site and at the first meeting of the class at the start of the second half-session. The course also requires you to consider how you can best make use of your degree in the 'real world' after graduation, with preparation of a reflective, career-planning report. This part of the course is supported by staff from University's Career Service, and builds on the Level 3 careers/employability workshops.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Geography
  • MA Anthropology-Geography
  • MA Archaeology-Geography
  • MA Business Management - Geography
  • MA Celtic and Anglo-Saxon - Geography
  • MA Economics-Geography
  • MA Finance-Geography
  • MA French-Geography
  • MA Gaelic Studies-Geography
  • MA Geography
  • MA Geography-German
  • MA Geography-Hispanic Studies
  • MA Geography-History
  • MA Geography-International Relations
  • MA Geography-Management Studies
  • MA Geography-Sociology
  • Master Of Arts In Geography-Spanish & Latin American Studies

Contact Teaching Time

60 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt: By coursework (100%), two parts:
  • Part A: reflective career planning report (20%)
  • Part B: one seminar presentation (20% delivery + 20% content) plus two pieces of written work (20% each)
Resit: A resit for this course is not normally available until the following academic year.

Formative Assessment

There is no stand-alone, formal formative assessment.

Feedback

Students receive individual, written feedback on their coursework using standard comments sheets.

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