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Dip (PD) Human Geography: Society, Space and Culture

Academic Year 2016/17

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Programme Title

Dip (PD) Human Geography: Society, Space and Culture

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

Postgraduate Diploma

Programme Code

GAP-PD-SS

UCAS Code

JACS Code

L726 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

The programme will welcome applications from students from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds such as geography, archaeology, history, architecture, sociology, anthropology, politics etc.

For a postgraduate (PG) Diploma or Certificate, applicants will normally be expected to have a high 2.2 Honours degree (57%) or above, or equivalent recognised qualification in a relevant subject.

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

120

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)

N/A

Programme Specific Regulations

N/A

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

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.

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.

Employ analytical approaches and problem solve.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars; fieldwork; research supervision; independent research.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework; presentations.

Critically discuss texts, images and data.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars; fieldwork; research supervision; independent research.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework; presentations.

Abstract and synthesise information.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars; fieldwork; research supervision; independent research.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework; presentations.

Develop reasoned and evidence-based arguments.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars; fieldwork; research supervision; independent research.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework; presentations.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

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

Think independently and reflexively.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars; fieldwork; research supervision.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework; presentations.

Communicate effectively in oral or written form.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Presentations; group discussion; coursework feedback.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework; presentations.

Recognise ethical and moral issues in information collection, retrieval, analysis and discussion.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars; fieldwork.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework; presentations.

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

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars; fieldwork.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework; presentations.

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.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework; presentations.

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

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars; fieldwork.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework; presentations.

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.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework; presentations.

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

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars; fieldwork.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework; presentations.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

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

Demonstrate expertise in geographical research practices.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars; fieldwork.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework; presentations.

Apply spatial theories to a range of real-world situations.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars; fieldwork.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework; presentations.

Critically assess geographical concepts.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars; fieldwork.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework; presentations.

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

70

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

70

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

70

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

70

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

70

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

70

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

80%

20%

0%

Notes

GAP 7406 prerequisite: GAP7402.