Human Geography with Planning BA (Hons)
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What’s the plan?
Are you intrigued by the evolution of places, landscapes and environments? If planning fascinates you too, this could be the perfect combined degree. You’ll enhance your understanding of human geography concepts and techniques with applied planning knowledge.
Why Human Geography at LSBU?
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- Our experienced staff have track records of academic research, professional practice and consultancy and strong links to public, private and voluntary sector employers.
- Our optional modules mean you can tailor your degree to your interests and future career ambitions.
- With our facilities based in central London, the location is perfect for investigating (through local site visits) the societal challenges and processes facing global cities in the 21st Century.
- Be inspired by guest speakers from public, private sector and third sector organisations, as well as academia, will bring specialisms and real world contextualisation.
- Residential field trip at no extra cost are invaluable for putting into context what you've learnt in lectures, seminars and from your own research - we'll explore sites in Cornwall (UK) and in the South of France.
- From maps and texts to visuals and digital technologies, you'll learn to prepare maps, diagrams and other forms of spatial representation using appropriate IT and GIS technologies.
This course covers the societal challenges and processes facing global 21st century cities like London, human geography theory and techniques, GIS technologies, planning, governance, empowerment and broader spatial development issues, transport planning, environmental sustainability and geopolitics.
- Geographical investigations
This module examines a range of ways in which geographical information is produced and communicated. We'll focus on Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and how planners and other relevant agencies, stakeholders and interests groups, compile, represent and use geographical data. Assessment: coursework, evaluating report of local authority GIS systems (50%) and an alternative map for an urban environment (50%).
- Human geographies of London
This module uses the rich resources and the dynamic setting of London to explore the techniques and ideas human geographers use to understand urban life and in particular the issues faced by this global city. Case study visits are a core part of your learning experience and enable you to practice field research and observation skills. Assessment: 100% coursework.
- Society, space and place
This module explores key ideas that help us understand how places are structured and created. We'll examine processes of economic, social and cultural change and academic attempts to conceptualize these shifts. In particular we'll look at how these shifts affect different groups of people and different places in different ways. This in turn raises issues over the extent to which planning can design manage and regulate change in the built environment. ‘Survey, analysis and plan’ remains one of the key methodologies of planning. This module gives you an introduction to some of the intellectual tools and understandings that are crucial to this approach. Assessment: 100% coursework.
- Making sustainable places
This module examines the challenges faced when trying to make places more sustainable and encourage appropriate forms of future development. A residential field study visit is integral to the module and provides you with the opportunity to meet with professionals engaged in key professions, such as planning, tourism and housing. Assessment: 100% coursework.
- Exploring human geographies
This module introduces the main themes, topics and sub-disciplines of human geography and the contribution a geographical imagination brings to our understanding of social and environmental worlds. Assessment: 1500-word essay (50%) and multiple choice test (50%).
- Town planning as an art
This module introduces the artistic and creative aspects of spatial planning that underpin the current belief that good planning and good design are inseparable. We'll explore this through detailed studies of places, their character and what makes a place unique and the way that this is created and managed. Assessment: 100% coursework.
- Social and cultural geographies
On this module you'll examine the founding thinkers of social and cultural geography before examining the current research interests and contribution of this expanding area of human geography. A key focus will be structures and geographies of identity and difference, including issues of cultural difference, gender, disability and sexuality. You'll learn to appreciate that the key dimensions of inequality are socially constructed, and that geography plays a crucial role in those constructions. Assessment: 100% coursework.
- Geographies of regeneration
On this module you'll focus on the challenges involved in regenerating urban and rural environments facing challenges of decline and restructuring. A key focus will be the role of local scale interventions and strategies through planning and regeneration agencies. This module is based around a residential field study visit in a European city. Assessment: critical field study report (3,500 words).
- Economic geographies
This module examines debates and themes across the sub-discipline of economic geography. Emphasis is placed on assessing the character of local labour markets along with strategies for local economic development. Assessment: 100% coursework.
- Transport and mobilities
This module examines the geographies and planning of transport. We'll focus on the importance of modes of transport for patterns of land-use and the construction of sustainable futures. It also examines how issues of power and equality underpin mobility: who can move, how and in what ways. You'll learn a range of research methods appropriate to transport research and social survey analysis. Assessment: 100% coursework - a transport study (3500 words).
- Environmental management and climate change This module introduces students to the background of current environmental issues, including climate change, providing students with basic subject knowledge of contemporary environmental problems and resource issues. The module explores how different environmental policy and management regimes operate in an international, European, national and local context. It also introduces students to environmental planning and to related policy issues and to the different perspectives on sustainability.
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- Development process and finance
This module examines the process of development, from inception of a scheme to construction and into use. It explores the economic rationale for development, financial appraisal of development projects, betterment and the mechanisms for providing community benefits. Assessment: 100% coursework.
- Work experience
This module enables you to reflect critically upon a period of work experience so as to enhance their future employability. In addition to staff advice and contact the student will gain the support of the University’s Employability Service. Assessment: 100% coursework.
- Cities and representation
This module explores the ways in which the changing geographies of cities have been conceptualised and represented across a range of written and visual media through history. The implications of such representations for policy and practice, particularly for spatial planning, are a central theme of the module. Assessment: 100% coursework.
The 10,000-word dissertation is a double-weighted module that runs over two semesters. It's an intensive piece of student-devised learning which can include empirical research. You'll choose your own research topic. The dissertation allows you to engage with a substantial piece of research and writing which is self-initiated and supported by a specified academic supervisor. Assessment: 100% coursework.
This module examines how political geographers interpret the changing structures and dynamics of international relations. We'll examine the changing world orders and disorders of global politics through time. A key focus is the characteristics of the contemporary ‘new world order’ and how this is represented by academics, politicians, policy communities and across popular culture. Assessment: 100% coursework.
- Planning specialism project
This module provides you with an introduction to planning: urban regeneration, urban design or environmental planning. Assessment: 100% coursework.
- Strategic spatial planning
This module explores spatial planning at the strategic level. In practice this can refer to planning activities at the regional, national and international levels. The European Union has dramatically increased the role of regions in recent years and the module examines the theoretical and practical elements in relation to regional development. Uneven patterns of development and increasing regional disparities are common at the level of the European Union and within many of the member states. However, more recently some countries, including England, have moved away from a regional focus in favour of a stronger emphasis on local areas. The module analyses the responses to the problems of economic, social, territorial disparities by examining contemporary processes and mechanisms of governance, government, policy and planning. This module focuses on the strategic spatial planning agenda at both the UK level and in the wider European context. Assessment: 100% coursework.
When you graduate from this course, you’ll have skills relevant to a wide range of career opportunities. You'll be able to prepare and interpret maps, diagrams and other forms of spatial representation using appropriate IT and GIS technologies. You’ll be able to demonstrate specialist professional practice, policy and business skills and techniques relevant to careers in planning, housing or tourism – as well as articulate policy and development strategies toward more environmentally sustainable and socially just futures.
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Neil has extensive experience in international research and consultancy, focusing on European spatial planning and rural and regional development, with a particular focus on Central and Eastern Europe.
Dr Leary-Owhin's interest is in the production of urban public space and he has studied Manchester's 'regeneration' since the 1970s as well as international urban regeneration focusing on Lowell MA and Vancouver. His recent publications include: Exploring the production of urban space: Differential space in three post-industrial cities and The Routledge Companion to Urban Regeneration.
Dr Manuela Madeddu is a qualified architect and holds a PhD in town planning. She is an urban designer and her research interests range from public spaces to housing quality and Feng Shui.
Combining her training in architecture, conservation and cultural geography, Antonia adopts an inter-disciplinary approach to understanding the spatial expression of cultures on the landscape - primarily the interaction of heritage, tourism and migration. She teaches at both undergraduate and postgrduate level, including PhD supervision. Her main areas of teaching are destination planning and management, tourism development in less developed countries, urban design, and planning practice.
Phil is an Associate Professor in Human Geography within the Division of Urban, Environment and Leisure Studies. His research interests include moto-mobilities, the politics of sustainable design, and European spatial planning.
Dr Yvonne Robinson has a broad range of research and publication interests including children and young people, education, race, ethnicity and the arts.
Duncan teaches research methods, tourism enterprise, destination management, city marketing and tourism policy. In addition to being Head of Division, Duncan is responsible for promoting research, external liaison and collaborations, is Vice Chair of the Association for Tourism in Higher Education and adviser to two awarding bodies.
Alan teaches on housing association governance, social welfare, social and housing policy, sustainability and European housing. He previously worked in local authority housing departments.
Teaching and learning
You'll be taught by experienced academics with wide-ranging research interests, including:
- Regeneration and restructuring of post-industrial Cities and economies
- Comparative urban regeneration
- The creation of urban public space
- City marketing
- Planning cultures and practices in post-socialist countries
- Social, economic and territorial cohesion in Europe
- Urban Agriculture
- Development along the Thames corridor
- Mobilising design
- Sustainability of the Utility Furniture Movement
- Sustainability education for Housing managers.
Your subject knowledge and your understanding will be delivered through a variety of teaching and learning strategies:
Lectures will deliver key topic areas across the programme. Guest speakers from public, private sector and third sector organisations, as well as academia, will bring specialisms and real world contextualisation. Interactive seminars and workshops will support the lectures and encourage you to actively participate throughout the academic year, learning from your peers and sharing knowledge and support amongst the diverse student body.
This kind of experiential learning is central to the teaching strategy of the course, which includes local site visits across London and residential field trips in the UK (Cornwall) and Europe (Southern France). Fieldwork is invaluable for putting into context what is learned in lectures, seminars and from the students own reading and self-directed research.
Self-managed learning activities will both supplement and consolidate what you do in class. These include reading texts and relevant journals, application of knowledge to additional problem-based exercises, engaging in coursework, group discussion, review of key topics and seminar preparation. Many of these activities are supported by the Moodle virtual learning environment (VLE).
You can find out the methods of assessment for each module are documented in Modules. The range of assignments that we use to assess your knowledge and understanding are diverse including:
- oral presentations
- poster presentations
- group work exercises
- data analysis (statistical, graphic and textual)
- laboratory work
- field reports
- GIS and mapping
- research proposals
- applied project work
- reflective commentaries on work-based learning
- A Level BCC or:
- BTEC National Diploma MMM or:
- Access to HE qualifications with 9 Distinctions and 36 Merits or:
- Equivalent Level 3 qualifications worth 106 UCAS points
- Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English, or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
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