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GEOG2008 Researching Human Geography

Module Overview

Pre-requisite for GEOG2035

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Become familiar with the range of available approaches to human geography, including their relevant strengths and weaknesses.
  • Become familiar with the range of data sources and methods available to human geographers, including their relative strengths and weaknesses, and some related research-design concerns
  • Become experienced in discussing these approaches, data sources, methods, strengths, weaknesses, and concerns in talk with fellow students and in writing for assessment


Part 1: Conceptual themes in human geography • Introduction: key conceptual tensions in Human Geography • Local / Global: understanding scale and networks • Society / Space: understanding how social identities can produce material and symbolic space • Masculinity / Femininity: understanding gendered spaces • Modern / Postmodern: understanding spatial order and disorder Part 2: Research methods in human geography • Ontology, epistemology, normativity... or, what questions do we ask and how do we answer them? • Secondary data sources: statistics and archives • Surveys and questionnaires • Interviews and focus groups • Ethnography and participatory methods • Creative methods • Visual analysis • Discourse analysis

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

lectures, in-class exercises, seminars

Independent Study120
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Johnston and Sidaway. Geography and Geographers. 

Hay. Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography. 

Clifford et al. Key Methods in Human Geography. 

Livingstone. The Geographical Tradition. 

Kitchin and Tate. Conducting Research in Human Geography. 

Kitchin and Thrift. The International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. 

Cook and Crang. Doing Ethnographies. 

Davies et al. Researching Human Geography. 

Peet. Modern Geographical Thought. 

Cloke et al. Approaching Human Geography. 

Daniels et al. An Introduction to Human Geography. 

Flowerdew and Martin. Methods in Human Geography. 

Aitkin and Valentine. Approaches to Human Geography. 

Cloke et al. Introducing Human Geography. 

Gregory et al. The Dictionary of Human Geography. 

Cloke et al. Practising Human Geography. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s)  ( words) 50%
Essay  (1500 words) 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: GEOG1004

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