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GEOG6110 Frontiers of Human Geography

Module Overview

This module introduces students enrolled in the Masters in Social Research Methods (as well as other Masters programmes) to research currently being undertaken by research-active academics in the field of human geography, broadly conceived. In particular, it involves (1) staff from Geography and Environment in the Population, Health and Wellbeing cluster; in the Economy, Governance and Culture cluster; in human geographers in the Global Environmental Change and Earth Observation cluster; as well as (2) human geographers coming from other institutions to the AU to give seminars. The module offers students the opportunity to engage with issues at the forefront of contemporary geographical research. Human geographers in the academic unit are engaged in research around several core themes including: • health and the social, built and natural environment • environmental management, and policy-decision support • environmental sustainability • geospatial data analysis • spatio-temporal representation • migration and population mobility • the cultural economy • economic development • inequality • social networks • animal welfare • political engagement Attendance at selected departmental and research cluster seminars are a central part of the module.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Knowledge and understanding of spatial patterns and relationships in human phenomena at a variety of scales
  • ability to solve problems and making reasoned decisions.
  • Collect, interpret and synthesise different types of quantitative and qualitative geographical data;
  • Recognise the ethical issues involved in geographical debates and enquiries.
  • Learn in familiar and unfamiliar situations;
  • Communicate effectively (in writing, verbally and through graphical presentations);
  • Identify, retrieve, sort and exchange geographical information using a wide range of sources;
  • Work as part of a team and to recognise and respect the viewpoints of others;
  • manage time and organise work effectively.
  • Knowledge and udnersanding of geographies of places and their constitution by environmental, economic, social and political processes, and the influence of places on these processes
  • Knowledge and understand of the geographies of difference and inequality with particular reference to historical development, ethnicity, class, gender and the changing nature of human geography
  • Knowledge and understanding of contemporary debates about time-space relationships, globalization and global interconnections
  • Knowledge and understanding of the contributions of geography to development of environmental political, economic and cultural agendas, policies and practices
  • Ability to abstract and synthesise information from a variety of sources;
  • Ability to assess and critically evaluate the merits of contrasting theories, explanations, policies;
  • Ability to critically analyse and interpretation of data and text;
  • Ability to develop reasoned arguments;


The syllabus will vary from year to year, reflecting shifts in the research frontier as well as in the range of active projects. This module introduces students to research currently being undertaken by members of the Geography and Environment’s Economy, Governance and Culture cluster; the Population, Health and Wellbeing cluster; and the human geographers in the Global Environmental Change and Earth Observation cluster. It supplements this with seminars in human geography given by visiting academics.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Students will attend and participate in regular cluster meetings, in which staff present their ongoing work and receive feedback in a seminar style from other academics. They will also attend and participate in departmental colloquia involving academics from Southampton, Brighton, Portsmouth and other institutions who are invited to present their work. Each seminar would be accompanied by topical readings selected by the seminar presenter. Reading for, as well as attendance and participation in these gatherings is directly related to the aims and learning outcomes identified above.

Wider reading or practice70
Preparation for scheduled sessions35
Follow-up work70
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

General. Regular readings will be the key resource – these will be determined on an annual basis, and will be tied to seminars given by departmental and other academics on topics that will regularly change. Panopto will be used to record presentations.



Individual reflection


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework Presentation 10%
Proposal  (2200 words) 50%
Reflection  (650 words) 40%


MethodPercentage contribution
Proposal  (2200 words) 60%
Reflection  (650 words) 40%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules


To study this module, you will need to also study the following module(s):

RESM6004Quantitative Methods 1
RESM6003Qualitative Methods 1
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