The field trip to Andalusia, Southern Spain, is an integral part of the first year undergraduate programme within the Department of Geography at RHUL.
It is compulsory for all Geography students, regardless of their degree, and plays a key role in enhancing students’ research skills in the field. It is also important in fostering the Department’s community feel and cohesiveness.
The trip is for one week and includes four days of staff-led activities and two days of student-led group research. The two human geography days focus on: (i) examining community, hybridity and a sense of place in Nerja (the small coastal town where we stay), and (ii) investigating rural landscapes and identity. On both days students will have significant opportunities to develop their human geography research skills.
The physical geography days focus on: (i) environmental change in Southern Spain, including using evidence from the sedimentary record to reconstruct past environments, and (ii) geomorphological processes and forms in south-east Spain, including studies of fluvial processes, and slope processes. The opportunity to collect and analyse data in the field again helps students to develop their research skills and understanding.
Students spend the final two days of the trip working in small groups with supervision from a member of staff. Students develop their own research projects and collect data in the field. This is then written up in an individual field report, which forms the bulk of the formal assessment for this trip. Students also have to produce a research poster based on their observations and measurements, from one of the staff-led days.
The cost of the Spain fieldtrip is included in your fees.