Geography Residential Fieldtrip - GEOG6003

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Canterbury
Pre-Term 6 15 (7.5) checkmark-circle

Overview

The module will be a 5-7-day fieldtrip to a particular location that has a long history of human activities and thus provides a plethora of ideal manifestations of human adaptation to the environment. These may include: landscape features in the semi-natural environment, farming practices, built environment, social and family structures and cuisine. How these reflect environmental conditions (climate, topography, location) and geo-political circumstances is an important dimension of this field-based module. It is designed to complement other Human Geography modules by offering you an opportunity to learn first-hand from local people about the processes that have shaped both landscape and livelihoods. Using social research methodologies (e.g. questionnaires, structured or semi-structured interviews), you will be equipped with the analytical skills and techniques required to conduct research in human-environment interaction.

The module will provide practical learning to complement theoretical issues taught in other modules. You will become familiar with practical tools for understanding, interpreting and critically investigating complex socio-ecological processes and the linkages with space and place. The emphasis throughout will be on learning through research and from the experience of people who live in, shape and adapt to the surrounding environment,

Details

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 128
Total study hours: 150

Availability

Optional to the following courses:
BSc Human Geography
BA Environmental Social Sciences

Method of assessment

Group presentation (15 mins plus supporting documentation) 30%
Essay (3,000 words) 70%

Reassessment methods:100% coursework

Indicative reading

The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages (https://kent.rl.talis.com/index.html).

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module you will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a comprehensive interdisciplinary understanding of the interaction between biophysical, ecological, historical and socio-cultural processes and dynamics
2. Understand and apply theory of human-environment dynamics and be able to think critically and creatively about different ways of human adaptation to place
3. Demonstrate methodologies, techniques and analytical tools to investigate aspects of the complexity of socio-economic systems
4. Demonstrate advanced practical experience on assimilating information from a wide variety of sources using different research methods

Notes

  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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