Natural Sciences

Geography within Natural Sciences 2019-2020

This pages is primarily intended for existing students. It consists of modules available to Natural Sciences students, Joint-Honours regulations and general advice (which includes links to Departmental advice.)

The following lists the module code and the title of each module by the level of each module - clicking on the link will take you to further details listed in the Faculty Handbooks.

The last digit of the module code indicates whether the module is single, double or triple. The level indicates the year in which modules are normally taken, but it is often the case that students take modules from the adjacent level beneath the year of study. Visit the Subjects page for the general overarching rules and structure.

Please note that the modules on offer and the requirements for progression can change from year to year and that the only combinations of modules that are guaranteed to fit in the timetable are those splits between the two departments on an approved Joint Honours routes (MSci and BSc). 

Within Natural Sciences, Geography has BSc Joint-Honours programmes with: Biology; Earth Sciences; Mathematics; Psychology.

In BSc students' final year, they are required to take no less than 20 credits and no more than 60 credits of Capstone Modules. These modules are denoted with G

Geography modules available to Natural Sciences students

Level 1 modules

Planet Under Pressure (GEOG1061)
Human Geography (GEOG1071)
Physical Geography (GEOG1081)
Introduction To Geographical Research (ba) (GEOG1222)
Introduction To Geographical Research (bsc) (GEOG1232)
Geographies Of Crisis (GEOG1241)
Understanding Earth's Principles (GEOG1251)

Level 2 modules

Scientific Research In Geography (GEOG2462)
Social Research In Geography (GEOG2472)
Urban Geography (GEOG2511)
Fluvial Systems (GEOG2521)
Glaciers And Glaciation (GEOG2531)
Geographies Of Development (GEOG2541)
Contested Environments (GEOG2551)
Social And Cultural Geography (GEOG2561)
Reconstructing Environmental Change (GEOG2571)
Political Geography (GEOG2581)
Handling Geographic Information (GEOG2591)
Mountain Landscapes (GEOG2611)
Theory And Concepts In Contemporary Human Geography (GEOG2621)
People And Environment - Pattern And Process (GEOG2631)
Economic Geography (GEOG2641)
Geochemistry Of The Environment (GEOG2651)
Climate Change: Geographical Perspectives (GEOG2661)
Peatland Geomorphology And Management (GEOG3947)

Level 3 modules

Race, Nature And Crisis (GEOG30A7)
Global Environmental Politics (GEOG30B7)
Contesting Citizenship; Activism, Advocacy, Asylum (GEOG30C7)
Europe: Geographies Of Integration And Disintegration (GEOG30D7)
Sea-level Change And Coastal Evolution (GEOG3191)
Dissertation In Geography AG (GEOG3232)
Remote Sensing (GEOG3261)
Dissertation (double Module) In Geography BG (GEOG3432)
River Dynamics (GEOG3461)
Philosophy And Geography (GEOG3481)
Alpine Landscapes And Processes (GEOG3491)
Berlin: Culture, Politics And Contestation (GEOG3501)
Ice Age Environments (GEOG3511)
The Arctic (GEOG3521)
Neoliberal Life (GEOG3537)
Chicago: Sites Of Global Change (GEOG3551)
Territory And Geopolitics (GEOG3581)
Natural Hazards, Risk And Resilience (GEOG3621)
Oceans Past And Present (GEOG3641)
Politics And Space (GEOG3661)
Iceland: Field Research In Glacial Environments (GEOG3691)
Mountain Hazards (GEOG3701)
Unfreedom In Labour Relations (GEOG3787)
Landslides (GEOG3807)
Antarctic Environments (GEOG3817)
Memory: Power, Place, Identities (GEOG3857)
Postcolonialism And Development (GEOG3877)
Past Climates Of The Low Latitudes (GEOG3927)
Geography Of Difference (GEOG3931)
Geographies Of Money And Finance (GEOG3957)
Urban Governance (GEOG3967)
Cape Town: Geographies Of Energy Transition (GEOG3971)
Catchment Modelling For Management (GEOG3987)
Feminist Geographies: Intimacy, Body, State (GEOG3997)

Requirements for Joint Honours (BSc Programmes)

There are 2 routes within Geography: Physical Geography route and Human Geography route.
Human Geography
Year 1

40 credits: Introduction To Geographical Research (ba) (GEOG1222)

Year 2

60 credits: Social Research In Geography (GEOG2472) and at least 20 credits from: Theory And Concepts In Contemporary Human Geography (GEOG2621); Climate Change: Geographical Perspectives (GEOG2661); Contested Environments (GEOG2551); Economic Geography (GEOG2641); Geographies Of Development (GEOG2541); Political Geography (GEOG2581); Social And Cultural Geography (GEOG2561); Urban Geography (GEOG2511).

Year 3

40 credits: Modules taken from Dissertation In Geography A (GEOG3232); Berlin: Culture, Politics And Contestation (GEOG3501); Cape Town: Geographies Of Energy Transition (GEOG3971); Chicago: Sites Of Global Change (GEOG3551); Geography Of Difference (GEOG3931); Natural Hazards, Risk And Resilience (GEOG3621); Philosophy And Geography (GEOG3481); Politics And Space (GEOG3661); Territory And Geopolitics (GEOG3581); The Arctic (GEOG3521); Antarctic Environments (GEOG3817); Feminist Geographies: Intimacy, Body, State (GEOG3997); Contesting Citizenship; Activism, Advocacy, Asylum (GEOG30C7); Europe: Geographies Of Integration And Disintegration (GEOG30D7); Geographies Of Money And Finance (GEOG3957); Global Environmental Politics (GEOG30B7); Memory: Power, Place, Identities (GEOG3857); Neoliberal Life (GEOG3537); Postcolonialism And Development (GEOG3877); Race, Nature And Crisis (GEOG30A7); Unfreedom In Labour Relations (GEOG3787); Urban Governance (GEOG3967).

Physical Geography
Year 1

40 credits: Introduction To Geographical Research (bsc) (GEOG1232)

Year 2

60 credits: Scientific Research In Geography (GEOG2462) and at least 20 credits from: Handling Geographic Information (GEOG2591); Climate Change: Geographical Perspectives (GEOG2661) Contested Environments (GEOG2551); Fluvial Systems (GEOG2521); Geochemistry Of The Environment (GEOG2651); Glaciers And Glaciation (GEOG2531); Mountain Landscapes (GEOG2611); Reconstructing Environmental Change (GEOG2571).

Year 3

40 credits: Modules taken from Dissertation (double Module) In Geography B (GEOG3432); Alpine Landscapes And Processes (GEOG3491); Ice Age Environments (GEOG3511); Iceland: Field Research In Glacial Environments (GEOG3691); Mountain Hazards (GEOG3701); Natural Hazards, Risk And Resilience (GEOG3621); Oceans Past And Present (GEOG3641); Remote Sensing (GEOG3261); River Dynamics (GEOG3461); Sea-level Change And Coastal Evolution (GEOG3191); The Arctic (GEOG3521); Antarctic Environments (GEOG3817); Catchment Modelling For Management (GEOG3987); Landslides (GEOG3807); Past Climates Of The Low Latitudes (GEOG3927); Peatland Geomorphology And Management (GEOG3947).

Advice for progression and other aspects

Natural Sciences advice
Year 1

Human Geography: Introduction To Geographical Research (ba) (GEOG1222) is required to keep open the possibility of a Dissertation in Geography in the final year. Taking no or one module of Geography gives progression to modules in later years.
Note: The last intake for the BSc in Geography and Mathematics within the Natural Sciences programme and the BSc in Geography and Psychology within the Natural Sciences programme is October 2019.
Progression from: GEOG1222.

Year 1

Physical Geography: Introduction To Geographical Research (bsc) (GEOG1232) is recommended to keep open the possibility of a Dissertation in Geography in the final year. Taking no or one module of Geography gives progression to modules in later years.
Progression from: GEOG1232.

Year 2

One of Scientific Research In Geography (GEOG2462) or Social Research In Geography (GEOG2472) is required to keep open a dissertation in the final year and to ensure you are following the "Joint-Honours" route. Otherwise, these modules are not compulsory.
Progression from: GEOG2462; GEOG2472.

For more information about the Natural Sciences degree programme, please contact:

Dr. James Blowey
Deputy Head of Faculty
Faculty of Science Office
Level 3 Chemistry Building
Durham University
DH1 3LE
UK

Email: natural.sciences-director@durham.ac.uk

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