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From Foundations to Innovations in Human Geography Research - ENV00049I

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  • Department: Environment and Geography
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Jessica Roberts
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24

Module summary

This module aims to broaden students' perspective and understanding of the impact of Human Geography research on key global challenges. It encourages critical evaluation of the way in which Human Geographers examine the spatial organisation of human action and the relationships between society and environment.

Related modules

A pre-requisite for this module is the module "Geographical Perspectives for Environmental Issues"

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 1 2024-25

Module aims

Through a series of lectures, research presentations and seminars discussion groups, students will develop their awareness and understanding of the impact of Human Geography research in the study of key global challenges and critically evaluate current research via debate and discussion relating research to its scientific, economic, cultural and societal context. As well as developing the students skills in critical appraisal, this module also aims to enhance communication, leadership and facilitation skills through small group discussions based on cutting-edge research papers. Skills in communicating and applying research to meeting real world challenges will be further developed through the preparation of an impact assessment report.

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate a thorough understanding of emerging issues, research and research impact in the field of Human Geography.

Undertake analysis of complex, incomplete or contradictory areas of knowledge and be able to communicate the outcome effectively.

Evaluate and synthesise information in a manner reflective of the forefront of the discipline / practice.

Apply knowledge of concepts to the critical evaluation of research, advanced scholarship and methodologies and argue alternative approaches.

Engage confidently in academic and professional communication with others, reporting on action clearly, autonomously and competently.

Present work in a concise, accurate and engaging manner, clearly reporting the results of their research findings appropriately to a given audience.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

Seminar activity to discuss formative report

Feedback form for summative report

Indicative reading

2016, Reed, M.S. The Research Impact Handbook. Fast Track Impact.

Various journal articles

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.