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Durham University

Faculty Handbook 2022-2023

Module Description

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

Department: Geography

GEOG2472: SOCIAL RESEARCH IN GEOGRAPHY

Type Tied Level 2 Credits 40 Availability Available in 2022/23 Module Cap Location Durham
Tied to L702 Geography
Tied to L704 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

Prerequisites

  • GEOG1222 (INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH BA) or GEOG1232 (INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH BSc) or SOCI1321 (INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH); ANTH1101 DOING ANTHROPOLOGICAL RESEARCH

Corequisites

  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • GEOG2462 (SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH IN GEOGRAPHY)

Aims

  • To enable students to learn the principles, practices and conceptual issues involved in:
  • good research design
  • rigorous data collection, construction and interpretation
  • the presentation of research findings and the appraisal and critical evaluation of research will be achieved through group seminars, practicals and field work
  • To enable students to acquire direct practical experience in a range of important research methods
  • To support students' Research Project Proposals

Content

  • Practical exercises on qualitative and quantitative techniques in Human Geography
  • Students will choose 3 from a selection of practical exercises
  • Possible examples include:
  • Interviews
  • Questionnaire Design
  • GIS & Spatial Data Analysis
  • Participatory Methods
  • Ethnography
  • Visual Methodologies
  • Textual Analysis
  • Group design and implementation of multi-methodological research project during Easter fieldtrip
  • Formulation of a Research Project Proposal

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a range of methods and associated methodological issues within Human Geography
Subject-specific Skills:
  • On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
  • Describe the conceptual and practical issues involved in the collection, analysis and presentation of data within a human geography research project
  • Work within a group to collect, construct and interpret data relevant to posed research questions in a coherent and conceptually informed manner
  • Plan a substantial piece of independent human geography research on an approved topic
Key Skills:
  • Data collection and analysis as above
  • Project design and implementation as above

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

  • Social Research in Geography uses five modes of teaching: lectures, seminars, tutorials, practicals and fieldwork
  • Lectures will be used to introduce conceptual issues in social research that will be explored in more depth in seminars
  • Practicals will extend this conceptual understanding and provide students with direct experience of research design and practice in a range of methods applicable to group and independent research
  • Fieldwork will develop students' understanding and experience in the design, implementation and presentation of a research project
  • Students' understanding and knowledge of a range of research methods will be assessed by three practical project exercises
  • Students' ability to design and conduct a conceptually informed and integrated research project will be assessed by the multi-methodological residential fieldwork project
  • The Research Project Proposal will test the ability of each student to design an individual research project

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 6 Varies 1 hour 6
Lecture (Health & Safety) 1 Varies 1 hour 1
Lecture (Research Ethics) 1 Varies 1 hour 1
Practicals 12 Varies 2 hours 24
Seminars (Field Work Preparation) 4 Varies 1 hour 4
Field Work 1 Easter vacation 6 days 48
Preparation and Reading 316
Total 400

Summative Assessment

Component: Research project proposal Component Weighting: 10%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Research project proposal (max 4 pages) 100%
Component: Practical exercise 1 Component Weighting: 20%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
practical exercise 1 maximum 6 pages or equivalent in mixed media 100%
Component: Practical exercise 2 Component Weighting: 20%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
practical exercise 2 maximum 6 pages or equivalent in mixed media 100%
Component: Fieldwork report Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Field work report max 10 pages or equivalent in mixed media 100%

Formative Assessment:

Practical exercise (in Term 1) and outline of research project proposal (in Term 2). Formative feedback is also provided on group presentation during residential fieldtrip and on all summative coursework.


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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