Contemporary Topics in Geography and Environment - GEOG6200

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 6 15 (7.5) Daisy Emoekabu checkmark-circle


Human geographers and environmental social scientists must continually analyse relevant and topical issues in a broad, real-world context. This includes understanding research at the forefront of their discipline, critically evaluating its spatial, environmental and interdisciplinary basis, and using this information to inform effective solutions to contemporary problems that are embedded in social, political and economic reality. In this module, you will use knowledge and skills gained throughout your course, and apply them in in-depth discussions of how current research topics fit into the wider theoretical or applied disciplinary context. The research topics will be presented at seminar and reading group events organised by the Geography and Environmental Social Science research theme in collaboration with the Research Centres at the School of Anthropology and Conservation. You will also write up essays as a series of critical reflections on three topics covered at the seminar and reading group events.


Contact hours

Contact hours: 23
Private study: 127
Total: 150


Compulsory to the following course:
• BSc Human Geography

Optional to the following course:
• BA Environmental Social Sciences

Also available as an elective module

Method of assessment

• Essay (1500 words) 30%
• Essay (1500 words) 30%
• Essay (2000 words) 40%

Reassessment methods:
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Indicative reading

The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages (

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module you will be able to:
1. demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems in human geography and/or environmental social science
2. appreciate how theory informs applied studies in human geography and/or environmental social studies
3. review, summarise and evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in human geography and/or environmental social science
4. synthesise information from peer-reviewed research in human geography and/or environmental social science, and subsequently use it to support a personal opinion


  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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