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1st year modules

GG 1001: Physical Geography I: Atmosphere, oceans & the geosphere

This course outlines the factors that control the physical, biological and chemical forces which shape the Earth’s surface. You gain an understanding of Earth surface forms and of oceanic and atmospheric processes. Topics include atmospheric and ocean systems; plate tectonics; hydrology and coastal processes; glaciation and arid environments.

GG 1002: Physical Geography II: Biogeography, ecology & scales of change

This course focuses on understanding the complexity of the relationship between people and environment. You will examine how and why ecosystems vary spatially and the impact of human activity, such as deforestation and agriculture, on the physical environment. The course also considers the nature of environmental change, including climate change, and how past changes can be investigated.

GG 1003: Human Geography I: Cultures, Economies, History

This course allows you to engage with key issues in human geography. We think about human geography as a distinctive way to approach the world, asking key questions about globalization, inequality, identity and the nature of place. The main sections of the course consider approaches to economic geography, cultural geography and historical geography. The final section thinks about the development of the discipline, and celebrates geographers’ active involvement in the challenges facing humanity.

GG 1004: Human Geography II: Politics, Society, Development & Environment

The course is divided into four sections which give an introduction to the sub-disciplines of political geography, social geography, development geography and environmental geography. The topics covered include geopolitics, sustainable development, non-governmental organisations, and geographical perspectives on gender, race, class and age.

GG 1011/3: Geographical techniques

This course provides an introduction to modern methods for the collection, interpretation and presentation of geographical information, both in the field and laboratory. Different types of data are considered, from soil textures to interview responses. The skills acquired through this course have application in other courses, as well as in independent work, and are highly regarded by many employers.

GG1015: Digital Geographies: Introduction to Remote Sensing & GIS

This course provides an introduction to the use of Geographical Information Systems in physical and human geographical research, and gives students practical experience in the use of ArcMap, an industry-leading GIS software. Topics to be covered in the applied section of the course include: the use of satellite remote sensing for geomorphological mapping; census classifications and boundaries; and volunteered geographic information.

GG 1032/4: Geographical research & field Methods I

Fieldwork is an important element in our degree programme, starting in the first year. All first year students attend a week-long residential course, currently based in southern Spain, supported by a series of lectures and tutorials. The trip consolidates material taught in the first term and also introduces students to independent field-based project work.

Video: Introduction to field courses in the department

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