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GEOG 3120

Geography Residential Field School (International)

  • Credits: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate, Year 3
  • Semester: 3
  • Status: Elective course for BSc/BA major (Geography) and BSc Geography (May not run every year)
  • Pre-requisites: GEOG 1900 and GEOG 1901; or GEOG 1131, GEOG 1132, GEOG 1231 and GEOG 1232 or HOD permission.
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Course coverage

Physical and human geography of an international study site; a range of field-based examples of elements of physical and human geography; practical research techniques.

Significance/Rationale

This course has three main aims: (1) to provide students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge gained through other courses in geography to 'real-world' geographical study, (2) to provide students with an opportunity to undertake a group integrative project-based assignments involving industrial or environmental site visits, field work and laboratory analysis, and (3) expose students to unfamiliar landscapes and cultures within the context geographical study. The field course will encourage the practical application of students' classroom-based knowledge and its application and provide training in practical research techniques. With a duration of approximately ten days, students will embark on an integrated programme of intensive fieldwork, testing different research techniques and undertaking small, self contained research projects. It provides the opportunity to further enhance individual project work skills developed at Levels 1 and 2 and transfers and extends those skills into a group situation. This course also provides an opportunity for the practical development of a range of communication skills. Potential field course destinations include Guyana, where the field course will link with the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Guyana, and Jamaica, where the field course will link with the Department of Geography and Geology, UWI Mona.

Course description

This course provides students with an opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge of the physical and human geography of an international study site and, through practical field-based examples, introduces students to issues in environmental management. Many sites in the Caribbean region and beyond possess a wealth of human and physical geography field examples, making them ideal for a residential field course. Students will embark on an integrated programme of intensive fieldwork, testing different research techniques and undertaking small, self contained research projects. It provides the opportunity to further enhance individual project work skills developed at Levels 1 and 2 and transfers and extends those skills into a group situation.

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