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Fieldtrip to Prague: Production & Consumption Geographies - ENV00032H

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  • Department: Environment and Geography
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Richard Friend
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module summary

The module aims to enhance students’ ability to critically evaluate material production and consumption issues in a wider economic, social and political context through a fieldtrip to Prague.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Summer Vacation 2018-19 to Autumn Term 2019-20

Module aims

The aim of the module is to enhance your ability to critically evaluate material production and consumption issues in a wider economic, social and political context. The fieldtrip involves you visiting the Skoda car plant, a crystal manufacturing factory and a Distillery/Brewery, where you will engage actively with the external world through empirical learning beyond the formal classroom. The experiences gathered during the fieldtrip will provide you with an opportunity to develop strong ‘geographical imaginations’ to understand the geographies of production and consumption and its complexities in a holistic way. You will be able to apply conceptual and methodological skills learned elsewhere in the curriculum to more complex field environments.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module, a capable student will be able to:

Subject content:

  • Critically evaluate material production and consumption issues in their wider economic, social and political context.
  • Apply core production and consumption geography knowledge in the analysis of specific scenarios
  • Effectively deal with complex ‘real world’ production/consumption issues both systematically and creatively and to make sound judgements in the absence of complete data

Academic and graduate skills

  • Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems and act as part of a team in planning and implementing
  • Identify and define complex issues and apply appropriate knowledge to their solution
  • Undertake independent/self-directed study/learning including time management
  • Reflect on the process of learning and evaluate personal strengths and weaknesses

Module content

As this is an optional field course module a charge additional to tuition fees is incurred by students taking this module. Costs will vary depending on number of students on the module, exchange rates, changes in accomodation charges by providers etc. In 2017-18 the cost of the field course per student, with 15 students attending the module, was £407 per student.


Task Length % of module mark
Departmental - aural assessment
Project Presentation
N/A 40
Project Report
N/A 60

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Reassessment: Essay
N/A 100

Module feedback

Continuous feedback will be made available to the students during the fieldtrip after their presentations

Feedback on project report will be delivered individually (4 week turnaround).

Indicative reading

Reading material will be provided on the VLE.

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.