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Unit information: Study and Field Skills D in 2018/19

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Unit name Study and Field Skills D
Unit code GEOG20010
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Richards
Open unit status Not open

Key Concepts in Human and Physical Geography; Geographical History, Thought and Practices; Introduction to Quantitative Geography.


GEOG25010 Spatial Modelling 2; either Research Methods in Physical Geography OR Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography; Year 2 Group Project.

School/department School of Geographical Sciences
Faculty Faculty of Science


This unit is a seven-day, intensive fieldwork trip to southern Europe, with both human and physical geography components. The first three days will consist of an introductory tour of the region and staff-led projects, focused on topics and techniques such as ethnography, remote sensing, geomorphology, water quality, social surveys, land-use change, and the environmental, economic, and social/cultural impacts of tourism. In the final two days, groups of students will develop their own projects, in human or physical geography, or both, and present their findings and produce a written report (part group, part individual).

Intended learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. Have had an opportunity to put their learning and technical experience into practice in a field setting;
  2. Be able to plan and undertake independent field and research work;
  3. Be able to present the results of such studies verbally and in written form.

Teaching details

Fieldwork (residential; overseas; includes some field lectures)

Assessment Details

One Fieldwork assignment (100%)

Reading and References

Essential reading:

  • Kent, M., Newnham, R. and Essex, S. (2002) Tourism and sustainable water supply in Mallorca: a geographical analysis. Applied Geography, 22, 351-374.
  • King, R. Proudfoot, L. and Smith, B. (eds) (1997) The Mediterranean; Environment and Society, Arnold, London
  • Hillel, D. (1998) Environmental soil physics. Academic press, London.
  • Urry, J (2002) The Tourist Gaze, Sage, London.
  • Buswell R. J. (2013). Mallorca: The making of the landscape. Edinburgh, Scotland: Dunedin Academic Press, 247pp.