GY100     
Introduction to Geography

This information is for the 2021/22 session.

Teacher responsible

This course will be taught by Dr Jessie Speer, Dr Murray Low, Dr Niranjana Ramesh, TBC and Professor Riccardo Crescenzi

Availability

This course is compulsory on the BA in Geography, BSc in Economic History and Geography, BSc in Environment and Development and BSc in Geography with Economics. This course is available on the BA in Social Anthropology and BSc in Social Anthropology. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.

Course content

This course provides students with an introduction to Geography at LSE. In Michaelmas Term we will examine human geography's key concepts, including space, place, landscape, nature, globalization, mobility, society and city. In the Lent Term the course will move on to introductory sections on environmental geography and economic geography. The environmental section will trace how geography as a discipline has approached nature-society relationships, covering topics such as, the anthropocene, socio-materiality, wilderness, urban nature, and local and global environmental movements. The economic geography section will introduce students to the changing location of economic activity, inequalities within and between countries, regions and cities, and the rationale, objectives and tools of local and regional development policies in a globalizing world.

 

Teaching

In the Department of Geography and Environment, teaching will be delivered through a combination of classes/seminars, pre-recorded lectures, live online lectures, in-person lectures and other supplementary interactive live activities.

This course is delivered through a combination of classes and lectures across Michaelmas Term and Lent Term.

This course includes a reading week in Week 6 of Michaelmas Term and Week 6 of Lent Term

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 1 piece of coursework in the LT and 2 essays in the MT and LT.

Indicative reading

Detailed reading-lists related to the different topics within the course will be provided at the start of the course. General useful texts include Clifford, N.J., S.L. Holloway, S.R. Rice and G. Valentine (eds) (2009) Key Concepts in Geography, 2nd Ed, Sage, London; Dicken, P. (2011) Global Shift: Mapping the Changing Contours of the World Economy 6th Edition  Sage Publications; W.E. Murray, Geographies of globalization, 2006; Pike A., A. Rodriguez-Pose and J. Tomaney (2017) Local and regional development. London: Routledge; N. Castree (2014) Making Sense of Nature

Assessment

Exam (100%, duration: 3 hours) in the summer exam period.

Key facts

Department: Geography & Environment

Total students 2020/21: 111

Average class size 2020/21: 16

Capped 2020/21: No

Value: One Unit

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Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills