Research Methods for Human Geography

Description

The module builds on Year 1 basic Human Geographical methods training in order to provide students with an understanding of how to use a range of critical research methods and techniques relevant to the discipline. It will also bestow students with the required skills to undertake a piece of independent research. 

A series of lectures will provide students with the knowledge of relevant methodological approaches and highlight different contemporary techniques within the discipline. This will be complemented by a practical, field-based element which students will undertake within groups. 

A series of seminars will provide students with an opportunity to gain insight into choosing and undertaking independent research.

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of a range of relevant methods and data collection techniques
  • Reflect critically on the potential problems that particular research methods might encounter during the research process
  • Understand the basic requirements for carrying out an independent piece of research
  • Work effectively with peers to formulate a research focus and carry out an effective research project

Assessment

  • 2500 word reflective report on Birmingham fieldwork (100%)