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Durham University

Faculty Handbook 2022-2023

Module Description

Please ensure you check the module availability box for each module outline, as not all modules will run each academic year.

No such Code for prog: LMV1
No such Code for prog: LMV2
No such Code for prog: X4F8

Department: Geography


Type Tied Level 1 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2022/23 Module Cap None. Location Durham
Tied to L702 Geography
Tied to L704 Geography with Year Abroad
Tied to F800 Geography
Tied to F803 Geography with Year Abroad
Tied to LA01 Liberal Arts
Tied to LA02 Liberal Arts (with Year Abroad)
Tied to LA03 Liberal Arts (with Placement Year)
Tied to LMV0 Combined Honours in Social Sciences
Tied to LMV1
Tied to LMV2
Tied to LMVA Combined Honours in Social Sciences (with Year Abroad)
Tied to LMVP Combined Honours in Social Sciences (with Placement Year)
Tied to CFG0 Natural Sciences
Tied to FGC0 Natural Sciences
Tied to CFG1 Natural Sciences with Year Abroad
Tied to CFG2 Natural Sciences with Placement
Tied to X1F8 Education Studies - Geography
Tied to X2F8 Education Studies - Geography (with Year Abroad)
Tied to X3F8 Education Studies - Geography (with Placement Year)
Tied to X4F8


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • To introduce students to the core concepts in human geography, including, in particular, Space/Place, Data, Scale, World, Home, Body, Landscape and Nature
  • To introduce students to the various approaches human geographers have used to understand and develop these concepts in response to specific societal challenges
  • To use a variety of case studies to illustrate core concepts and approaches in human geography.


  • The module examines the above core concepts within human geography. Where appropriate, it showcases how research currently being undertaken by members of the Geography Department makes use of these concepts in order to understand and intervene in contemporary debates and societal challenges. To reflect the unique expertise of the teaching team, a combination of four of these concepts is introduced in any given year.
  • The module is taught in distinctive lecture blocks each of which addresses one of the above mentioned core concepts.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate comprehension of a range of human geographical ideas, concepts and approaches.
  • Understand how and why geographers have developed new approaches in response to contemporary challenges and epistemological problems.
  • To recognise how differing ideas, concepts and approaches are reflected in research and in response to the diversity of places, meaning, human lifeworlds and the production of difference and inequality.
  • To assess, judge and critically evaluate competing intellectual positions.
  • Critically engage with key issues in human geography
Subject-specific Skills:
  • On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
  • Critically judge and evaluate evidence
  • Abstracting and synthesising information
  • Developing a reasoned argument
Key Skills:
  • Self-directed learning, including basic research, and critically-engaged reading
  • Written communication, including argumentation
  • Contextualising information

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • The lectures provide the context in which the core concepts and related research case studies are conveyed, contributing towards building disciplinary knowledge and understanding.
  • Lectures are complemented by: (a) 9 asynchronous online 'activities' (e.g. discussion boards, quizzes etc.) and (b) 4 small group tutorials where key skills relevant to undergraduate study are developed.
  • Full reading lists provide students with the means to undertake independent study and learning.
  • Non-examination assessment is marked and returned by tutors, who will provide individual feedback to support student development.
  • Two coursework essays (one formative, one summative) provide students with the opportunity to explore in greater detail selected themes drawn from the module.
  • The four tutorials contribute to the module learning outcomes by providing students the opportunity to demonstrate their comprehension of module content, to evaluate evidence, synthesise information, and communicate complex information.
  • The end-of-year unseen examination paper is designed to assess students' acquisition of the learning outcomes

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 38 Two per week 1 hour 38
Tutorials 4 Four per year 1 hour 4
Supplementary Activities 9 Varies 1 hour 9
Preparation and Reading 149
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Online 24 hour unseen examination 2 hours (recommended) 100%
Component: Essay Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Essay Max 4 pages A4 100%

Formative Assessment:

One formative essay (max 4 x A4 sides). Further formative feedback and feedforward will be based on tutorial sessions and through the integrated asynchronous learning activities.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University

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