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GG2011 Geographies of Global Change

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 8
Planned timetable:Lectures: 9.00 am Mon - Fri, other classes: 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm or 4.00 pm - 6.00 pm Mon

Geography is the study of the world around us, and how it is changing and has changed. The module encourages students to think 'geographically' about particular physical and human dimensions of global change: environmental, atmospheric, hydrological, geomorphological and palaeoecological change; and demographic and economic change. These geographical themes will be framed by a discussion of the nature and evolution of geography as a discipline, and how thinking 'geographically' involves understanding the operation of and interactions between complex bio-physical and social processes. The module explores how the geographer views such processes through the conceptual lenses of time, space, context, scale and variation, and using field, laboratory and model-based methods. Classroom instruction is complemented by lab work which develops key skills in cartography and Geographic Information Science.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for all Single Honours, Joint Honours and 'with' Degrees in Geography

UG Pre-requisite(s):GG1001 and GG1002
UG Modules required for:GG2012

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:4 lectures (x 10 weeks), 4 x 1 hour tutorials, 1 x 8 hours fieldtrip, 2 x 2 hour practicals during the semester.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 56
  • Guided independent study: 244

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 40%
  • Practical examinations: 15%
  • Coursework: 45%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 40%, Practical Examination = 15%, Coursework = 45%
UG Re-assessment:2-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr D McCollum
Module teaching staff:Team taught