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GG3242   Geographies of the Life Course

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: 11:00am - 1:00pm Thursday

Since the 1960s life course theory has become one of the most influential paradigms in human geography. The approach emphasises how human development is a life-long process and promotes understanding human activity through a greater awareness of the geographical, historical and cultural context in which people are situated. This module will provide an introduction to the life course approach and how it applies to key areas of human geography, covering the population processes such as family building (childbearing and partnership), migration, ageing and health studies. This will incorporate the study of various life course stages and transitions between them (childhood, adolescence, adulthood and older age), and the production of health inequalities throughout the lifespan. The module is taught through lectures, seminars and practical classes, and assessment is a mix of coursework and written exam.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass GG2011 and pass GG2012

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 8 lectures ( x 1 hour), 8 seminars ( x 2 hours), 1 revision seminar (x 2 hours), 1 student presentations (x 3 hours)

Scheduled learning hours: 29

Guided independent study hours: 180

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework (10% presentation, 40% critical essay)= 50%, 3-hour Written Examination = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 10%
Coursework: 40%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr K L Keenan
Module teaching staff: Dr K Keenan