Take the practical approach to studying geography. Learn how to design a research plan before hitting the field. See what role leadership and communication play. Bolster your work with the aid of focus groups, government data and archival research.
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- 01 Jun 2020
- 30 Nov 2020
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- to inculcate in students an analytical approach towards their geographical environment through field study of a selected area and/or topic
- practice a range of geographical fieldwork methods as well as understand their benefits and limitations
- plan creative and effective fieldwork types; construct basic fieldwork apparatus; introduce progression into fieldwork; use ICT in fieldwork
- plan pre & post-fieldwork activities; value the social dimension associated with fieldwork (group work, leadership tasks, communication, cooperation etc.) and be able to assess risk and be aware of safety concerns.
- Fieldwork Skills and their Place in Geography
- Power, Subjectivity and Ethics in the Field
- Research Design and Rigour
- Interviewing and Oral Histories
- Surveys and Participant Observation
- Making use of government data
- Archival research and newspapers
- Presenting data clearly: communication and presentation of research results
- Analysing Data
- Focus Groups
- Cross-Cultural Research
- Fieldwork in the Workplace
Note: Level 2 subjects normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 subjects or other relevant experience.
No special requirements
This subject provides practical experience in preparing, conducting and analysing fieldwork from a geographical perspective. Skills in qualitative and quantitative data selection, collection and analysis will be developed together with training in the preparation and presentation of research results for a range of clients.
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- Exercises (50%)
- Report (50%)
Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography, 3rd ed.
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