|School||Cardiff School of Planning and Geography|
|External Subject Code||L700|
|Number of Credits||20|
|Language of Delivery||English|
|Module Leader||Dr Jonathan Anderson|
This module will provide a broad historical overview of the development of geographical thought, illustrated through the work and legacy of selected key thinkers from Ancient Greece to the 1970s. Within this historical framework the module will introduce the enduring intellectual themes and currents which have shaped the discipline. It will provide students with an introduction to the foundations of geographical thought and will show how theoretical developments follow from one another, as the perceived weaknesses in one set of theories give rise to another contrasting set of approaches.
The main aims of the module are as follows:
On completion of the module students will be able to discuss the ways in which geography as a discipline has evolved. They will be able to define, evaluate and compare paradigms, and critically debate their importance for what geographers study. Students will be able to understand and communicate the dynamism of the discipline and critically discuss this using examples. It provides a foundation for the appreciation and discussion of Contemporary Geographical Ideas in second year.
The module will provide students with the following:
This module will:
· nurture the skills of reading and interpreting theoretical literatures
· encourage the development of a critical, analytical facility to assess and evaluate evidence and claims
· show how abstract ideas can be applied to particular case study areas
· provide opportunities to communicate geographical knowledge through a range of media, principally through oral presentation
How the module will be assessed
Assessment will be 100% coursework.
Students will be expected to write ONE essay of NO MORE than 2,000 words. This will constitute 50% of the final assessment.
Students will be expected to write ONE Reflective Learning Diary. This will constitute 50% of the final assessment.
The potential for reassessment in this module
Students are permitted to be reassessed in a module which they have failed, in line with the course regulations. The reassessment will usually take place during the summer.
Introduction To Geographical Ideas - Essay
Introduction To Geographical Ideas - Reflective Log
Introduction to Geographical Ideas; Paradigms (Empiricism and Hermeneutic); Geographies of Exploration, Environmental Determinism; Military Geography and Geopolitics; Regional Geographies; Regional Science and Behaviouralism; Humanism; Psychogeography and Situationism; Presentations; Review.
Nayak A and Jeffrey A 2011 Geographical thought: an introduction to ideas in human geography Harlow: Prentice Hall
Agnew, J. Livingstone, D. Rogers, A. eds. 1996 Human Geography. An Essential Anthology. Blackwell: Oxford.
Cloke, P. Philo, C. Sadler, D. 1991 Approaching Human Geography. PCP: London.
Cresswell, T. 2013 Geographic Thought: a Critical Introduction. Wiley: Chichester.
Gregory, D. et al, eds 2009 The Dictionary of Human Geography. Fifth Edition. Blackwell: Oxford.
Livingstone, D. 1992 The Geographical Tradition Blackwell: Oxford.
Johnston, R. ed 1993 The Challenge for Geography: A changing world; A changing discipline Blackwell: Oxford.
Sidaway, J. Johnston, R. eds. 2004 Geography and Geographers. Ango-American Human Geography since 1945. Arnold: London.
Unwin, T. 1992 Place of Geography. Longman: Harlow.
Godlewska, A. Smith, N. 1996 Geography and Empire Blackwell: London
Holloway, S. Rice, S. Valentine, G. eds. 2003 Key Concepts in Geography. Sage: London.
Ian Craib 1994 Modern Social Theory
Johnson, R. 1986 Philosophy & Human Geography. An Introduction to Contemporary Approaches. 2nd edition. Edward Arnold: London.
Johnston, R. 1986 On Human Geography Blackwell: Oxford.
Kitchin, R. Tate, N. 2000 Conducting Research into Human Geography. Prentice Hall: Harlow.
Massey, D. Allen, J. eds 1984 Geography Matters! Open University: Milton Keynes.
Rogers, A. Viles, H. 2003 The Student’s Companion to Geography. Second Edition. Blackwell: Oxford.
Thrift, N. 1989 New Models in Geography Vols 1 and 2 Unwin: London
See also weekly seminar readings.