Are you looking to explore the many attractions and dilemmas of the world around us? Geography is an amazing discipline to study at university. Geography at BGU considers changing environments and landscapes, the effects of natural processes on the earth, the interaction of people with the planet, and the fortunes and fates of ecosystems. BGU Geography students also learn about the enjoyment of and exploitation of the world’s natural and human resources, the promotion and protection of environments and peoples, issues of inequality and division, and the ways by which we govern and plan countries, cities and countrysides. Geography at BGU also investigates how geographical information is gathered, analysed and displayed using sophisticated and advanced methods and technologies. In addition to our full-time staff, you will also learn from other specialists and professionals who work with geographical information and skills. Field course experiences will also be a key aspect of your experience.
About Geography at BGU
BGU’s BA (Hons) Geography course aims to cover the spectrum of human and physical areas of enquiry. You will study challenging ideas in geography, but also many of the geographical methods and approaches used in applied work contexts, such as in education and teaching, urban and rural planning, conservation and economic regeneration, market research, risk management, tourism and leisure, and defence. By the end of the course you’ll leave us equipped with a wide range of transferable skills, which can be taken to a broad set of public, private, commercial and third-sector settings.
This course is ideal if you’re interested in the environment and human societies, and want to learn more about how geography features across the world and in everyday life. In order to experience the degree in greater depth we will be giving you opportunities to take part in optional enrichment activities to enhance your knowledge. This includes a range of field courses and trips. A placement module is also an an integral part of the course. On campus you will take part in practical workshops, demonstrations, seminars, small group tutorials and lectures.
What You Will Study
In the first year you will be introduced to the fundamentals of human and physical geography, in order to lay the foundations for later degree-level study. This will be followed up by modules exploring aspects of global change in more detail, and investigating practical applications of geography with reference to a UK field-course context.
In year two you will extend and deepen your understanding and practical skills. You will reflect on the development of geography as a discipline, consider the essential issue of sustainability, examine further human geography today, explore the possibilities of GIS, undertake a placement experience, and investigate the physical and human challenges faced by coastal environments in relation to a European field course option.
In the final year you will examine the challenges of global food supply, study changing urban forms and lifestyles, investigate rural environments with reference to a global field-course option, extend your use of GIS, and apply your knowledge and skills in an extended piece of independent research culminating in a dissertation.
We use a range of assessments which reflect the importance of both thinking and practical approaches in geography, and the importance we give to the future employment skills of our graduates.
Assessment methods include:
- Displays of work
- Oral presentations
- Placement reports
- A dissertation
Our aim is to produce confident geographers who demonstrate well-developed knowledge and awareness, and advanced analytical and communication skills.
Careers and Further Study
- Education and teaching
- Town and country planning
- Market research
- The media
- Tourism and leisure
Modules Year 1
Introducing Human Geographies
In this module you will be introduced to human geography at degree level. You will examine the significance of human geographies, and how geographical perspectives help advance our understanding of societies and peoples.
Geographies of Global Change
This module combines both physical and human geography. The emphasis will be on change, and the challenges that this is bringing to landscapes, townscapes and societies today. The UK will be a particular focus for study.
Introduction to Physical Geography
In this module you will be introduced to degree-level physical geography. You will investigate the importance of physical geography, and how different approaches develop our understanding and management of the earth and natural processes.
Geography in Practice
Students on this module will bring together various aspects of their learning. They will draw on human and physical knowledge and approaches, with a feature of the module being a UK field-course setting.
Modules Year 2
Sustainability: Global Challenges in the 21st Century
Coastal Environments: Geomorphological and Human Perspectives
Contemporary Human Geographies
Geographical Information Systems
Modules Year 3
Geographies of Global Food Security
Urban Geographies: Cities in Transition?
Dr Andrew Jackson – Academic Coordinator for Geography & Head of School of Humanities
Professor Chris Atkin
Chris Atkin is a professor in the School of Teacher Development. His recent research has concentrated on the role of education in supporting the development of civil society (India and England) and rural communities (China and England). In parallel with these international comparative studies he has been working with a range of practitioners to support a series of first time researchers as part of a community engagement strategy.
Dr Nick Gee
Dr Nick Gee’s primary research interests relate to the social impacts of outdoor learning and he has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, contributed a book chapter and delivered conference papers in this field. Nick has published extensively on Geography fieldwork for GCSE/A level student journals, whilst he has also written articles and reviewed textbooks on a wide range of GCSE/A level Geography topics. His research interests also include ethnography, notions of community, social relationships and evaluation.
Dr Steve Puttick
Dr Steve Puttick is a Programme Leader for the School of Teacher Development, and also a geographer. Prior to joining Bishop Grosseteste University in 2014, Steve was the head of a comprehensive secondary school geography department. The main focus of Steve’s research is on geography education, knowledge, and school subject departments. Steve is a member of the Geographical Association.
Read Steve’s full profile here.
After leaving British Telecom in 1984, John studied geography at university. He went on to teach in primary schools for 18 years firstly in Birmingham and then Sheffield. In school he has led mathematics, environmental studies, geography and music and has taught from FS through to KS3. From 2001 – 2010 he co-ran a gifted and talented Maths Challenge Centre in Sheffield, taught music and worked as a tutor on Early Years courses for the Open University. He moved to work in university-based teacher education full-time in 2006 at Nottingham Trent University where he was a Programme Manager and Partnerships Manager in Primary Education. From there he moved to Leeds Trinity University and on to Bishop Grosseteste in August 2015. His MPhil research investigated environmental issues as perceived by young children. He is especially interested in developments in critical geography and the study and relevance of ‘indigenous knowledge’ to modern society. He is currently researching and writing in these areas. John has had extensive involvement in conservation projects in his local area and beyond.