The module is considered as an important element of undergraduate training in human geography and/or environmental social sciences. The opportunity to engage in personal research is seen as an essential element of academic training in all disciplines. The particular skills necessary to undertake research, whether practical fieldwork a desk-based study, can only be taught through the medium of practically orientated investigative tasks. The principal objective in the research project is to assist you in gaining insight into the organisation, analysis and communication of research. The approved investigation may be novel, i.e. one that has not previously been carried out, or it may repeat previously executed work for comparative or control purposes.
Total contact hours: 24
Private study hours: 276
Total study hours: 300
Compulsory to the following courses:
BSc Human Geography,
BA Environmental Social Sciences
Method of assessment
• Full draft of dissertation (up to 11,000 words) 10%
• Presentation (10 mins plus supporting documentation) 10%
• Dissertation project (up to 11,000 words) 80%
Reassessment methods: Like for like
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).
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
On successfully completing the module you will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of key aspects of geography and /or environmental social sciences
2. Construct a research question related to human geography and/or environmental social sciences and develop a research design to answer your main research question
3. Collect, process and analyse data to answer that question
4. Identify and use theories and concepts to analyse and critically reflect on issues in human geography and/or environmental social science
5. Draw on feedback from peers and academic supervisors, exercise reflection and self-criticism, and manage time and resources effectively
6. Communicate the findings of your research effectively and fluently, both orally in a substantial piece of writing
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Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
- ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
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