Network Geographies

Description

This module aims to introduce, advance, and critically evaluate a "network understanding" of our world.

Networks have long formed a distinctive element of geographical study. Various sub-fields of geography, such as transport, economic and urban geography, are heavily based on networks both from a conceptual and an analytical point of view.

Moreover, the digital revolution, associated with developments in social media and connectivity as well as heightened flows of information within and between urban regions, has greatly enhanced the relevance of a network approach to contemporary socio-economic and cultural trends.

This module will approach the above issues both from a theoretical and practical perspective.

Delivery

  • 2hrs lectures per week and 2hrs of computer practicals every second week

Assessment

  • 1 x 3000 word equivalent essay (50%)
  • 1 x 1.5 hour exam (50%)

Key skills

  • Social Network Analysis with the use of user-friendly software
  • Spatial Interaction Models
  • Access and utilise digital data for research purposes