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MA (T) Human Geography: Society, Space and Culture

Academic Year 2016/17

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Programme Title

MA (T) Human Geography: Society, Space and Culture

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Master of Arts

Programme Code

GAP-MA-SSC

UCAS Code

JACS Code

L700 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

Normally an Upper Second Class honours degree (or equivalent) in Geography or cognate discipline.

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

1 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

180

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Natural and Built Environment

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 7

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

N/A

Accreditations (PSRB)

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Professor Catherine Nash

Queen Mary University of London

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

No

Programme Specific Regulations

None

Students with protected characteristics

No known barriers to access or progression for any protected group

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

The overall aim of the programme is to provide research training in human geography to prepare students for a career in humanities and social science research at doctoral level through a high quality, supportive teaching and learning environment. It develops specialised knowledge of the interaction between society and space and an understanding of how research underpins cultural analysis, interpretation and practice that gives graduates the opportunity to:

Develop specialist knowledge and understanding of human geography and its approaches, philosophies and ontologies, and methods of analysis and interpretation;

Develop critical, reflexive thinking;

Develop research skills in human geography to prepare for doctoral research in human geography and cognate disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, or to undertake social and cultural research in the private, public and third sectors;

Develop skills in qualitative, quantitative, textual and visual analysis

Undertake a substantial piece of research in the field of Human Geography.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

assess contrasting ideas, explanations and policies

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

seminars; fieldwork; research supervision; independent research

Methods of Assessment

coursework; presentations; dissertation

employ analytical approaches and problem solve

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

seminars; fieldwork; research supervision; independent research

Methods of Assessment

coursework; presentations; dissertation

critically discuss texts, images and data

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

seminars; fieldwork; research supervision; independent research

Methods of Assessment

coursework; presentations; dissertation

abstract and synthesise information

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

seminars; fieldwork; research supervision; independent research

Methods of Assessment

coursework; presentations; dissertation

develop reasoned and evidence-based arguments

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

seminars; fieldwork; research supervision; independent research

Methods of Assessment

coursework; presentations; dissertation

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

plan, design and complete a substantial independent research project

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

research supervision; seminars; fieldwork

Methods of Assessment

dissertation proposal; dissertation

think independently and reflexively

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

seminars; fieldwork; research supervision

Methods of Assessment

coursework; presentations; dissertation

communicate effectively in oral or written form

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

presentations; group discussion; coursework feedback

Methods of Assessment

coursework; presentations; dissertation

recognise ethical and moral issues in information collection, retrieval, analysis and discussion

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

seminars; fieldwork; research supervision; independent research

Methods of Assessment

coursework; presentations; dissertation

locate, organise and analyse evidence from a broad range of social and cultural sources

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

seminars; fieldwork; research supervision; independent research

Methods of Assessment

coursework; presentations; dissertation

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

demonstrate an advanced, yet broad, understanding of the significance of space and place to past, present and future social worlds and cultural forms through a grounding in the major schools of social theory and an examination of key thinkers and ideas on space

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

seminars; fieldwork; research supervision; independent research

Methods of Assessment

coursework; presentations; dissertation

describe and critically evaluate advanced social and humanities-based research skills for the undertaking of substantial research

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

seminars; fieldwork; research supervision; independent research

Methods of Assessment

coursework; presentations; dissertation

display an understanding of how recent developments in cultural, historical and social geography contribute to our understanding of pre-modern and modern worlds

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

seminars; fieldwork; research supervision; independent research

Methods of Assessment

coursework; presentations; dissertation

assess the relevance and quality of a substantial range of literatures and primary and secondary research materials

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

seminars; fieldwork; research supervision; independent research

Methods of Assessment

coursework; presentations; dissertation

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

demonstrate expertise in advanced geographical research practices

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

seminars; fieldwork; research supervision; independent research

Methods of Assessment

coursework; presentations; dissertation

apply spatial theories to a range of real-world situations

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

seminars; fieldwork; research supervision; independent research

Methods of Assessment

coursework; presentations; dissertation

critically assess geographical concepts

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

seminars; fieldwork; research supervision; independent research

Methods of Assessment

coursework; presentations; dissertation

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Dissertation

GAP7401

7

60

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

80%

20%

0%

Notes

GAP7406 has prerequisite - GAP7402