Human Geography provides an insight into the world around us and our everyday lives, addressing issues such as inequality, poverty, globalisation, urban planning and regeneration. This degree allows you to develop an understanding of the central role of media and popular culture in contemporary society with a geographers’ appreciation of local-to-global interactions.
- UCAS course code
- York St John University
- Course fees
- 2019 - 2020: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £12,750 per annum
- 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request
- Study Abroad
- Yes - see our study abroad web pages for more information
- Start date
- September 2019
- Accredited by
- Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
If you are interested in society, culture and particularly the role of the media, the Human Geography with Media degree is a good choice. In each semester you will study two Human Geography modules and one Media module, ensuring you develop in-depth knowledge and a geographer’s range of skills. Fieldwork is at the heart of what we do: come and join in!
This programme has been accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in geographical knowledge and skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of the world beyond higher education. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.
Dr Pauline Couper - Subject Director, Geography
Through each semester of the course you will study two Human Geography modules and one Media module.
The Degree is designed to ensure that you develop increasingly specialist knowledge and skills throughout the programme. In lectures, seminars, workshops and practical fieldwork you will be learning alongside staff who are active researchers in their specialist areas.
- Urban Geography explores the changing nature and role of cities in the 21st century
- Critical Thinking & Academic Skills in Geography focuses on a contentious issue to critically analyse arguments and evidence, developing your own position. This module incorporates a compulsory residential field trip within the UK
- Social & Cultural Geography examines social and spatial inequalities with reference to issues such as gender, age, class, ethnicity, race and disability
- Human Geography Fieldwork Studies introduces you to geography’s history of field exploration and develops your own human geography field research skill
- Media Publics
- Critical Perspectives
- Society and Space focuses on the ways that social identities (e.g. age, class, ethnicity) are expressed in, and produce, particular spaces
- Culture and Landscape examines the changing concept of ‘landscape’ through history, and how to ‘read’ landscapes from different perspectives
- Geographical Thought (studied by students on all geography programmes) reviews the range of approaches that geographers have taken to doing geographical research
- Research Project: in this module students work in small groups to develop research plans for a human geography project, then undertaking the research on residential field work (current destination: Malta)
- Geographers’ Professional Practice (work placement)
- Issues of Taste
- Popular Genres
- Human Geography Dissertation is a year-long module in which students undertake their own research project on a human geography topic of their interest, guided by a tutor
- Cities in Transition focuses on contemporary issues in cities, particularly relating to democracy and decision-making
- International/Cross-Cultural Fieldwork applies your knowledge through residential fieldwork, interpreting some aspect of the geography of the destination for a public audience (current destination: Slovenia)
- Media Geographies
Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.
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Teaching & Assessment
For all of our Geography Degrees, our aim is to get you practising geography for yourself from the outset: collecting and analyzing data, applying theories for yourself, and developing your skills and abilities – generating your own knowledge.
We use a range of teaching styles and settings to support you in this. This includes lectures and seminars (small groups of students with a tutor), tutorials (one-to-one meetings with a tutor), fieldwork, ICT workshops, independent study outside of formal teaching sessions, collaborative learning (working with your fellow students) and using online resources through the university’s Virtual Learning Environment. Teaching sessions include discussions, problem-solving exercises, group work, debates and data analysis exercises. Throughout your degree you are encouraged to take an active part in teaching sessions, rather than just being a passive receiver of information. Sometimes students are even asked to take the lead in sessions.
You may have the opportunity to work on placements with a range of organisations, including charities such as International Service and Dig Deep, tourism organisations including Visit York and the National Glass Centre, as well as with schools and commercial companies.
Assessment & Feedback
Assessment of this degree is entirely through coursework, with no exams. This is to ensure that the kinds of work you are doing through the degree reflect the kinds of work geographers undertake after graduation, in professional employment. You will encounter a wide range of assessment, including essays, reports (including fieldwork reports), verbal presentations and portfolios (potentially with some multimedia elements in them). Many modules are assessed through one piece of coursework, with development of this work supported throughout the course of the module. Feedback on assignments is designed to support you in your future learning, at the same time as assessing what you have already learned.
Final year dissertation
By your final year, you will be ready to take control of your learning for yourself. The dissertation involves you undertaking an independent research project (guided by a tutor) on a geography topic of your choice, demonstrating self-reliance and developing skills of project management. The fieldwork module in your final semester brings together all that you will have learned through your degree, giving you plenty of scope to demonstrate your knowledge, abilities and creativity.
The minimum entry requirements for this course are:
96-112 UCAS Tariff points
3 GCSEs at grade C / 4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language and Maths
As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for the ability to demonstrate knowledge and commitment to the subject. This can be done in a variety of ways, for example, through previous study or wider reading.
Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include further study, career plans and transferrable skills such as time management.
Terms and conditions
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Fees and funding
To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.
Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website.
York St John offer special reductions to students graduating from York St John University Undergraduate degrees in 2019 and continuing directly onto Postgraduate study. Find out more about discounts and scholarships.
There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.
UK & EU 2019 / 20
The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.
Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.
Overseas 2019 / 20
The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,750 per year for international students.
Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.
Additional costs and financial support
As part of this course, students will need:
- A clipboard: estimated cost of £5.00
- A waterproof jacket: estimated cost from £20.00 upwards.
- Comfortable shoes
- A camera: mobile phone cameras are suitable, however students may prefer to bring a digital camera.
Students may need to purchase a DBS Check (£44.00) if the student opts to complete their Year 2 placement in a school or similar setting. Students may also need to purchase a sleeping bag, depending on the arrangement for residential field trips.
There may be additional, optional costs such as purchasing personal equipment, text books, printing and photocopying.
Travel and accommodation costs for compulsory field visits are included in the tuition fees. This includes residential visits within the UK (Year 1) and overseas (Year 2 and Year 3). Students normally have to arrange some meals (e.g. lunches) themselves during residential field visits. For day trips, travel costs are included in the tuition fees and students are normally required to bring packed lunches.
Accommodation and living costs
View our accommodation webpages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.
For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad webpages.
Financial help and support
We welcome international students from all over the world at York St John University and have a vibrant international community. You can find out more on our International Pages about how you can study with us and what it’s like to live and learn in York, one of the UK’s most historic cities.
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