university of leeds
Bachelor of Arts Course in Geography
This course blends the social science and scientific aspects of geography with an emphasis on the former. Most of your degree will cover human geography, exploring aspects of society, culture, environment, development and identity, including the effects that people have on their environment and the social and cultural differences that emerge in urban and rural spaces. In year one you will also study physical geography. If this appeals to you, in your second year you can either opt to study further physical geography modules or transfer to the Geography BSc, which is more focused on the scientific aspects of the subject. First Year You study a broad range of physical and human geography topics in order to understand the breadth of the field. A number of one-day trips in Leicester and the East Midlands are organised so that you can employ your newly acquired skills. Modules Core Concepts in Human Geography Environment, Nature and Society A Environment, Nature and Society B Evolution of the Earth System Exploring our Digital Planet Fieldwork Skills for Professional Geographers Introduction to Globalisation and Global Inequalities Land-Ecosystem Dynamics Skills for Professional Geographers Working with Geographical Information Second Year During this year you will begin to focus on the human aspects of geography, including themes of society and culture, and environment and development. You will embark on the annual second year field trip, usually to New York. Modules Geographical Research in the Field (overseas course) Thinking Space Plus either Workplace Geographies or Geography in Education Plus three option modules from: Catchment Systems Contemporary Issues in Human or Digital Geographies The Dynamic Biosphere Environment and Development Geographical Information System (GIS) Global Geopolitical Economy Social and Cultural Geographies Third Year You have the opportunity during your third year to study abroad at one of our partner institutions. Final Year Your final year incorporates a blend of teaching and research. You will have greater influence on the direction of your degree by selecting a topic to research in your dissertation and choosing from a wide range of optional modules, including field classes abroad in Kenya and the USA. Dissertation Plus four option modules from: Contemporary Digital Geographies Contemporary Environmental Challenges Geographies of Culture and Representation Geography and the Everyday Politics of Identity Global Environmental Change Postcolonial Perspectives in and of Africa Remote Sensing for Geographers Spaces of Social Change Field class: either Kenya: Environment, Gender and Development or Southwest USA: Nature, Culture, Country Field trips Shared with students on the Human Geography BA. Second year: New York You will fly to the Big Apple to examine questions such as multi-culturalism, gentrification and colonialism in the city. Based in Mid-town Manhattan, this week-long residential field course includes day trips to Ellis Island, China Town, Wall Street and Ground Zero in order to interrogate the composition and evolution of a truly global city. On this trip you will practice field-research methods in Human Geography and develop your own research skills in preparation for your dissertation project. All costs are covered by the University. Third/final year: Kenya or the south west USA One of your optional modules is a 12-day field trip to Kenya. There you will critically examine contemporary issues and debates about environment and development, focusing on a number of interlinked themes, such as: politics, discourses and practices of development social, cultural and gendered aspects of resistance environmental justice and grassroots activism, Alternatively you can explore contested understandings of the American landscape, spending 12 days unpacking the complex geographies of the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Zion National Park and Las Vegas. Topics of discussion include iconography of landscapes; contested natures, and Interpretations of sustainability. As well as an introduction to some of the best-known landscapes on earth the course also further employs critical geographical approaches in the field. Bursaries are available for both these field trips.