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This module seeks to explore the issue of 'sustainability' as it affects the everyday lives of people within the urban and rural environments of both rich and poor nations. Following an introduction that argues that the challenge faced is extremely formidable, lectures explore how environmental degradation and policies for sustainability have emerged in a range of environmentally fragile areas of the world, including the Andes and Amazonia. Lectures next switch focus to urban environments in the developing world, particularly in Latin America. Attention is then paid to some of the sustainability challenges facing us in the rich world, including here in the University. A conclusion draws the main themes of the module together.
What is `human geography¿ about if it is not concerned with difference? And what is cultural geography if it does not involve understanding and appreciating the diverse social and cultural forms that both include and exist around today, even in Swansea? This module introduces students to some of the huge range of contemporary cultural human geography scholarship that explores this diversity, with a particular focus on what is termed 'marginal geographies'. Specifically, attention focuses on the relevance, expression and importance of alternative, radical, and countercultural lives and spaces that are more chosen by those involved than forced on them by circumstances such as discrimination. These geographies 'on the margins' are presented under the four headings of leisure, production, environmentalism and living. They are contrasted to those of the 'mainstream', although a key theme in the module is how this distinction is always provisional, problematic and inherently dynamic.
The module is concerned with identifying and defining geographical questions in Berlin and applying the relevant geographical skills, knowledge and techniques to these questions. The general aims are to observe, analyse and achieve an understanding of the varied geographies and landscapes of the city. The emphasis is on the cultural, political, urban and economic geographies of Berlin, focussing on landscapes of power and memory, counter-culture and gentrification, and culture and everyday life in the city. The module comprises preparatory lectures and small-group preparation work in Swansea, and a week's fieldwork in Berlin. Assessment is entirely through coursework.
The module covers research project design and data collection methods. Students are introduced to the availability of different data sources and to the predominant research methods in human geography and the social sciences, including questionnaire surveys, secondary data sources, focus groups, interviews, participant observation and ethnography, and visual and textual methodologies.
The module covers research project design, data collection and some aspects of data analysis. Students are introduced to a range of laboratory and field techniques in physical geography. They gain experience in describing and interpreting results derived from laboratory techniques concerned with reconstructing the depositional history of sediments, chemical analysis of water and sediment from a variety of sources and the simulation of geomorphological processes.
The module prepares students for their independent research dissertation through dissertation fairs, lectures and a series of tutorials focusing upon the formulation and construction of a research proposal. The module also includes three lectures which explore career opportunities for Geography graduates and skills to enhance graduate employability.
The dissertation is an original, substantive and independent research project in an aspect of Geography. It is typically based on approximately 20 - 25 days of primary research and several weeks of analysis and write-up. The end result must be less than 10,000 words of text. The dissertation offers you the chance to follow your personal interests and to demonstrate your capabilities as a Geographer. During the course of your dissertation you will be supported by a student-led discussion group and a staff supervisor, and you will also provide constructive criticism to fellow students undertaking related research projects, learning from their research problems and subsequent solutions. This support and supervision is delivered through the 'Dissertation Support' module, which is a co-requisite.
This module provides structured, student-led peer-group support and academic staff group supervision for students undertaking the 30-credit 'Dissertation Report: Geography' module. This support and supervision is assessed through the submission of a PowerPoint Poster in TB1 and the submission in TB2 of an individually composed, critical and reflective log of the 5 dissertation peer-group meetings and the 4 group supervisory meetings (with a verified record of attendance at meetings). Working within a supervised Student Peer Group, you will also have the opportunity to provide constructive criticism to fellow students undertaking related research projects, learning from their research problems and subsequent solutions. This module complements the 'Dissertation Report: Geography' module, which is a co-requisite.
This module provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their competence as a Geographer by undertaking a critical analysis of a wide variety of literature-based sources in order to develop a cogent, substantial, and persuasive argument. While the Dissertation in Geography normally focuses on the design and execution of an evidenced-based research project that assesses the capacity of students to undertake effective data analysis and interpretation, the purpose of this module is to assess the extent to which students are capable of engaging with the academic literature at the frontier of a particular part of Geography. Students select from a wide range of research frontiers in Human and Physical Geography that have been identified by the academic staff within the Department. Given that this module emphasizes student-centred learning, none of the frontiers will have been covered in other modules, although in many cases modules will have taken students up to some of these frontiers. However, to orientate students and provide them with suitable points of departure and way-stations, there will be a brief introduction to each frontier and a short list of pivotal references disseminated via Blackboard. (Note: The topic selected by you must not overlap with the subject of your Dissertation. If there is any doubt about potential overlap, this must be discussed with your Dissertation Support Group supervisor and agreed in writing.)
This module provides a comprehensive account of the human geography of present-day rural Britain. Substantive issues covered include: the rural economy, both agricultural and non-agricultural; population change in the countryside, especially migration; the development and impact of the town and country planning system in rural areas; the more specific issues of rural housing, accessibility and services, and their link to deprivation; the activities and effects of rural pressure groups; the variety of different groups and experiences found in the countryside, especially focusing on neglected groups; political debates over land use and control; the political structure of rural areas; and the idea that rural Britain is moving from `productivism¿ to `post-productivism¿. The module is exclusively focused on Britain during the post-1945 period. It demonstrates that contemporary rural Britain does not conform to the timeless rustic idyll of Laura Ashley designs and chocolate box cottages but is an arena of dynamic change, conflict and compromise.
This module provides an introduction to the main data-sources and analysis methods used in qualitative research. In addition to covering the key conceptual and epistemological issues associated with qualitative research design, the module provides an introduction to a range of qualitative techniques used in social science research including questionnaire design, interviewing, observational methods, visual methodologies and textual analysis. Issues associated with combining a mixture of qualitative methods are also considered. The strengths and limitations of various techniques are explored with particular emphasis on issues of reliability, validity and representativeness.