Not available in 2022/23
GY212      Half Unit
Pathways in Human Geography

This information is for the 2022/23 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Murray Low


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


GY100 and GY140 would be advantageous

Course content

This course will provide some intellectual pathways from GY100. Human Geography is a broad subject and there may be changes in the particular topics from year to year. Topics to be discussed will be Imperialism, East and West; contemporary geopolitics; concepts of “home” and Patriarchy; material aspects of globalisation such as containerisation and shipping; non-economic aspects of agglomeration in cities;  biopolitics and the geography of disease and viruses; the geography of affect or feelings; soundscapes and music.


15 hours of lectures, 10 hours of classes and 5 hours of help sessions in the MT.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 1 essay in the MT.

Indicative reading

Tim Cresswell (2012) Geographic Thought: a critical introduction. Wiley-Blackwell.

Michael Mann (2011) Power in the 21st Century. Polity Press

David Edgerton (2019, revised edition) The Shock of the Old: technology and global history since 1900. Profile Books.

Ashley Jackson (2013) The British Empire: a very short introduction. OUP.

Franz Kafka (1926, various translations) The Castle.

Nigel Thrift (2021) Killer Cities. Sage.

Sarah Whatmore (2002) Hybrid Geographies. Natures, Cultures, Spaces. Sage.


Take-home assessment (100%) in the LT.

Key facts

Department: Geography and Environment

Total students 2021/22: Unavailable

Average class size 2021/22: Unavailable

Capped 2021/22: No

Value: Half Unit

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Personal development skills

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