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People & Landscape: the Human Geology of Northern England - CED00024M

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  • Department: Centre for Lifelong Learning
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Annette McGrath
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21
    • See module specification for other years: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Summer Term 2020-21

Module aims

This module aims to engage students in their own personal research, and offers the opportunity for inter-disciplinary research within cognate disciplines such as archaeology and environmental studies.

The module aims to:

  • Assess the geological resources present in Yorkshire and northern England, both currently and historically
  • Examine the interactions of humans with the geology of Yorkshire and northern England, culturally, economically and scientifically, to contribute to academic debate
  • Demonstrate the long-term impacts of geology on human life in northern England, focussing particularly on the interactions between people and the landscape
  • Bring together content from all previous modules into an holistic overview of the geology of Yorkshire and northern England
  • Identify outstanding research topics for potential future development.

Module learning outcomes

By the conclusion of the module the student should be able to:

  • Assess and interpret the history of human interactions with the rocks and landscapes of Yorkshire and northern England
  • Understand the origins of economic resources in the region, and their changing value and importance through history
  • Analyse critically the successes and failures of geological resource exploitation in Yorkshire and northern England, and their regional and global impacts
  • Collate data, and make personal distinctions as to its value, when preparing the final report.


Task Length % of module mark
4000 word final report
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
4000 word final report
N/A 100

Module feedback

The tutor will give regular individual feedback throughout the module on work submitted.

The assessment feedback is as per the university’s guidelines with regard to timings.

Indicative reading

  • British regional geology. Northern England (2010). Stone et al. 5th edition.
  • British regional geology: the Pennines and adjacent areas (2002). Aitkenhead et al. 4th edition.
  • Igneous and metamorphic petrology (2003). Myron G. Best. 
  • Ore geology and industrial minerals (2009). Anthony M. Evans. 3rd edition. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford.
  • Economic geology: principles and practice: metals, minerals, coal and hydrocarbons - introduction to formation and sustainable exploitation of mineral deposits (2011). Walter L. Pohl. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester.
  • Petroleum geology of the North Sea: basic concepts and recent advances (1998). Edited by K.W. Glennie. Blackwell Science, Oxford.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to courses

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