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sow659 - Social Geography
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Module label Social Geography
Module code sow659
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Institute directory Department of Social Sciences
Applicability of the module
  • Bachelor's Programme Social Studies (Bachelor) > Akzentsetzungsmodule
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Social Studies (Bachelor) > Aufbaumodule
Responsible persons
Turner, Jennifer (Module responsibility)
Lehrenden, Die im Modul (Authorized examiners)
Skills to be acquired in this module
Through this module, students will be able to demonstrate critical understanding of the process of designing, doing and delivering a research project in the field of social geography. Students will be able to identify and explain geographical concepts – such as place, scale, identity and power - using evidence from desk-based fieldwork that they themselves have designed, collected/collated and analysed. Accordingly, by the end of the module, students should have the skills to carry out a short-term research project despite the challenges of working within the context of a global pandemic.  They will have knowledge of appropriate methodologies and be able to implement them effectively, whilst paying attention to wider institutional and societal infrastructures such as ethical considerations and data protection issues. In doing so, students will gain an understanding of the advantages and difficulties of social science research in the field. They should be able to communicate these critical insights via written academic reports and through oral presentations.
Module contents
The lecture course will introduce key debates in the development of fieldwork in social geography including various quantitative and qualitative methodological approaches and ethical considerations. Following lectures to introduce potential research themes, students will be tasked with working in groups to select a general topic area within which to develop their research plan. Groups will be asked to select a city to ‘travel’ virtually to in order to undertake their fieldwork (Liverpool, New York or Auckland). In subsequent weeks, lectures will focus on developing research objectives, practicalities of the methodologies and preparing a fieldwork schedule. The seminar course is designed to encourage students to become actively involved in their learning - to engage with practical tasks and group supervision - and to think critically about how to develop their fieldwork plan. Week 12 of the course schedule will be dedicated to ‘fieldwork’ days where students will work as a group to collect and analyse their data. The final weeks of the module will be used for dedicated workshops that will facilitate further honing of the analysis techniques and assessment writing.
Reader's advisory

Cloke, P., Crang, P. and Goodwin, M. (2014). (Eds.) Introducing Human Geographies. (3rd edition). London: Routledge.
Clifford, N., Cope, M., Gillespie, T. and French, S. (Eds.). (2016). Key Methods in Geography. London: Sage.
Peters, K. (2017). Your Human Geography Dissertation: Designing, Doing, Delivering. London: Sage.

Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency
Module capacity unlimited
Modullevel / module level AS (Akzentsetzung / Accentuation)
Modulart / typ of module Wahlpflicht / Elective
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module

Portfolio comprising:
Group presentation of 15-20 minutes (comprising 30% of the module mark)
Individual fieldwork report of 4-5 pages (comprising 40% of the module mark)
Individual critical essay on fieldwork practice of 3-4 pages (comprising 30% of the module mark)

Course type Lecture and seminar
Frequency SoSe oder WiSe
Workload attendance 56 h