Geography is a diverse and dynamic subject area that examines the natural, social, economic and political factors that influence our rapidly changing world. With a good understanding of geography you can find ways of managing our environment sustainably, and of dealing with social and environmental conflicts that affect the world we live in. This challenging yet captivating course has been designed to help you gain an overall understanding of these varied themes, while providing you with the practical skills you need to work in a range of industries.
The course offers both practical and field based experiences including opportunities for research related fieldwork along the nearby Jurassic Coast, the Isle of Wight and the New Forest. 100% of our final year students said that our staff have made the subject interesting, so come and meet us to find out for yourself what makes this course so good!
The entry requirements for this course are 104 to 120 tariff points including 3 A-Levels or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma DMM. We will not accept General Studies for this course.
Unlimited number of Scholarships available for next academic year
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For this course we are looking for:
Previous experience and enjoyment of fieldwork
Willingness to engage with the public
Ability to think abstractly, and especially spatially
Comfortable working with information technology
Previous study of geography.
Geographic Research Skills: This unit provides the necessary skills to conduct independent research in geography. These skills involve finding and evaluating academic literature, formulating scientific arguments and discussion, writing and presenting these ideas as essays, opinions and research papers. You may also collect field or laboratory data and perform simple numeric calculations and present data in graphical formats.
Physical Geography: Taking an Earth Systems approach we will look at the evolution of our planet’s lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere focusing on the dynamic interactions between different earth system and how these interactions lead to environmental change through a narrative-based lecture series.
Practical Skills in Geography: This unit will give you the necessary practical skills needed for the field or laboratory. The skills learnt through observation and record keeping will help you come to logical inferences about the data collected.
Earth and Society: Building an understanding of the way in which key aspects of our physical environment interact and impact the human environment, this unit provides a foundation in elements of Human and Physical Geography on which detailed knowledge can be built on in subsequent years.
Human Geography: Providing an overview of the human, social and cultural aspects of geography, you will focus on key theories and fundamental principles of human geography, including economic, political and cultural aspects, often using case studies based on contemporary news stories and local development.
Residential Field Trip: This unit allows you to learn important field skills for your discipline and demonstrate your ability to work effectively as part of a team through experiencing the necessary conditions to conduct field research (both academically and socially).
Advanced Skills for Geography: This unit builds and refreshes academic skills required for successful independent research in geography. Through small group discussions it will enable you to plan a successful independent research project and write a research proposal. It will also equip you with necessary survey, experimental design and data analysis techniques for completing the research project independently.
Geographic Information Systems: Developing your expertise and knowledge in the area of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and geo-spatial science, we will provide you with an understanding of the principles underpinning spatial information science and its associated technology as well as its use in the real world to answer a wide variety of questions.
Marine Geography: The geography of the marine environment will be covered in this unit through consideration of the key resources found in marine and coastal environments and their management frameworks, including key factors affecting marine and coastal biodiversity and aspects relevant to biogeography, characterisation of the physical environment and associated dynamic processes, environmental change and implications to the sustainable management of renewable and non-renewable resources.
Quaternary Environments: The aim of this unit is to enable understanding of the principles and practice of palaeoenvironmental reconstruction and how palaeoecological and Quaternary data can inform our understanding of the climate and environmental change during the Quaternary.
International Field Trip
Semester 1 (choose one):
Semester 2 (choose one):
Environmental and Societal Challenges
Applications of Environmental Sciences
Globalisation and Marginalisation
Year 3: optional work placement
You may choose to complete an optional a 30-week minimum work placement, or two 5 week placements, which can be carried out anywhere in the world. The placement year offers a chance to gain experience and make contacts for the future.
Year 3/4 (Final year):
Independent Research Project: Your project provides you with an opportunity to gain experience of research in a topic of your choice relevant to your degree and to demonstrate your ability to report that research. Such experience is considered essential for those students interested in pursuing academic and/or professional research at a higher level of responsibility and achievement.
Semester 1 (choose two):
Climate and Environmental Change
Earth Surface Processes and Landforms
Emergence & Extinction
Environmental Remote Sensing
Semester 2 (choose two):
Topics in Wildlife Conservation
Globalisation & Sustainable Development
Environmental Law and Management
Freshwater Resource Management
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