Histories and Philosophies of Human Geography

Module code: GY2410

This module will introduce you to some of the main theoretical and practical issues within contemporary Human Geography. In doing so it demonstrates the intense linkages between the ways in which we understand the world and the ways in which we conduct geographical enquiry. The intention of this module is that it develops an understanding of the various traditions of doing geographical research and making geographical knowledge.

The course introduces you to both theory and practice in geography, focusing in particular on relationships between geographical concepts and the practices of geographical research. Geographical thought will be considered through lectures, discussions, and seminars that examine the wide range of theoretical and methodological assumptions, and the connections between them, that underwrite analysis and evidence gathering in the discipline. In addition the course aims to familiarise you with the different ways that geographers do research. Critical analysis of all approaches to geographical knowledge will be stressed. Particular emphasis is put on developing a critical understanding of what it means to do geography and make geographical claims.


  • 20 hours of lectures
  • 10 hours of seminars
  • 2 hours of tutorials
  • 118 hours of guided independent study


  • Seen exam, 2 hours (100%)