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Students of this subject will undertake a course of directed reading and produce an essay on an approved topic. Possible areas of study include: what is meant by “geography”; what problems have been and are being faced by geography as an academic discipline; what makes geography valuable (or not!) as a discipline; what “matters” are compelling and in what sense; what role can or should geography play; what are the 'hot topics' in geography? Permission to undertake this subject must be obtained from the Geography honours coordinator.
Intended learning outcomes
• To understand the current directions of research programs in geography;
• To gain some grounding in the history, philosophy or scope of the discipline of geography;
• To be aware of the methodological principles underlying those research programs; and
• To know the central findings of those research programs.
• To demonstrate advanced communication skills;
• To demonstrate the ability and self-confidence to comprehend complex contemporary geographical debates and concepts; and
• To be capable of undertaking directed research in one of those research programs.
Last updated: 29 October 2019